Compelling statistics to ponder? 400 million in China are studying English while 30 million outside China are studying Chinese
from the Lianhe Zaobao, August 20, 2012
End 2011: China’s urban population at 51.27% after Deng started reforms in the late 70s. 690.79m urban, 656.56m rural.
Bloomberg, Jan 17, 2012
1. 500 million Internet users – highest in the world, greater than population of EU.
2. 330 million registered microblog users
3. 150 million entries made daily
4. Government agencies and party departments have opened more than 50,000 microblog accounts. [China Daily, Jan 19, 2012]
With over 538 million Web users and at least 250 million microblog users, the Internet has become an important channel for Chinese citizens to voice their grievances, anger and hopes, and sometimes touch upon sensitive issues. [Global Times, July 26, 2012]
China’s population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20 percent rise over the past year in the number of people who surf the Web from smartphones and other wireless devices, an industry group reported Wednesday… The end-of-June figures from the China Internet Network Information Center represent a 10 percent rise in total Internet use over a year earlier. The number of wireless users rose to 464 million. [Associated Press, July 1, 2013]
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“According to the department of Statistics, there are 533,200 PRs and 1.25 million foreigners in Singapore as of last year. This is up from 449,200 PRs and 1 million foreigners in 2007.”
Melissa Kok. The Straits Times, 1 March 2010, Home Section, Part B