Internet main source of news for 206 million Chinese

December 23rd, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): The Internet is the main source of news for about 206 million Chinese, according to a new report.

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), a top academic institution, released the figure in the Blue Book of China’’s Economy (2009) report, reports the China Daily.

Zhu Huaxin, author of the report, said that disasters such as snowstorms during the Lunar New Year holiday, the massive earthquake that struck the southwestern Sichuan province in May as well as the Olympics stimulated the growth of the online news population.

“The year 2008 saw rapid development and wide application of the Internet in China,” he said.

Chinese Internet users hit 253 million at the end of June, the most in the world.

The latest official figures put users at 290 million. That’’s 80 million more Internet users than in 2007, according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC).

About 80 percent of these users look for information and news through the Internet. Around 60 percent of them use search engines.

CNNIC found that people younger than 30 are the majority of online news readers, accounting for about 69 percent of total Internet users. (ANI)

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