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Up to December 2017, China had 772 million Internet users, up 40.74 million over the previous year. The Internet penetration reached 55.8%, up 2.6 percentage points from the end of 2016
The scale of China’s Internet users continued to grow steadily. We have kept making innovations in the Internet model, sped up the integration of online and offline services, and made more public services accessible online. All these efforts have served as a spur to the increasingly growing number of China’s netizens. In 2017, General Secretary Xi Jinping repeatedly mentioned the Internet in the 19th CPC National Congress report. The importance of the Internet in the socioeconomic development has become more prominent. China has moved forward with the national strategy for cyber development. Over the past year, China's Internet industry has accelerated
integration with other industries. The strategy of “Made in China 2025” has been implemented in all directions, the industrial Internet has been vigorously promoted, and the “Internet plus” has kept promoting the upgrading of traditional industries. The Internet, big data, artificial intelligence and real economy has moved from the initial integration to deep integration, and the transformation and upgrading has been brought about at a higher speed. Digital economy has become a new engine for economic development. Internet and digitization have transformed the traditional economy into the Internet economy. The spread of IT services, the vigorous development of the Internet-driven poverty alleviation and the improvement of public service have allowed the people to share the results of Internet development.
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