How China’s internet continues to rapidly change and why you should care
- China added 85 million new internet users last year, averaging 161 per minute
- Emerging trends point to the rise of Chinese tech significantly influencing the future of technology around the world
By the time you reach the end of this letter, almost 1,000 Chinese citizens will have accessed the internet for the first time.
China has been the world’s biggest online community for more than a decade. Today that figure is more than 1 billion, larger than the combined populations of the US, Russia, Mexico, Germany, UK, France, and Canada.
Tightened regulations among key trends shaping China’s internet in 2021
So why should this matter to you?
The internet has revolutionised nearly every aspect of our lives and the trends we now see emerging point to the rise of Chinese tech significantly influencing the future of technology around the world.
Following a period of rapid growth and innovation, China’s tech sector has entered a new phase with both push and pull factors, forcing internet companies to evolve.
As the Chinese tech industry continues to grow its global influence, we must understand how it will impact our digital world and global affairs.
Since our first China Internet Report in 2018, we’ve helped explain the country’s dynamic internet industry, its technology-led transformation and new tech business models such as China’s wide adoption of 5G, its massive scale of AI applications and its path towards becoming a cashless economy.
SCMP Editor, Technology