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4/1/2014 (1 year ago)

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China is far more sophisticated than we assume.

China continues to advance on many fronts, making its way to world superpower status. China has the world's largest state-controlled media including the world's a]largest single audience of internet users.

Chinese Facebook is similar to pinterest in layout. China's social media copies what works in the west, then develops its own version for censored use.

Chinese Facebook is similar to pinterest in layout. China's social media copies what works in the west, then develops its own version for censored use.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: China, media, statistics

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China is not the sleepy backwater that many people assume it to be. Instead it is the world's mightiest industrial power with massive factory complexes larger than some good-sized towns in America.

Children are indoctrinated young and many learn the value of strict obedience before they learn much else. This is the power of state control. And although there is dissent, only a minority of Chinese participate, and most don't care as their standard of living increases.

Francis Xavier Patron Saint of China.

That standard of living increase is also evident in Chinese media and how people consume it. China now has just over 604 million internet users, more than twice that in the United States.

China maintains the illusion of freedom with plenty of state control by copying what works in the west and branding it as their own. Chana has their own version of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other similar sites.

Here is a list of the top media in China and the numbers associated with them. It should help you to appreciate the raw power of people and technology harnessed by the state for control.

The information in the chart is from Danwei, an independent firm that tracks Chinese media and internet usage to provide "commercial intelligence."


Sina Weibo     Microblog     Over 500 million registered users/25 million active users daily
    News portal website     40 million IP visitors daily

Tencent Weibo
    Microblog     about 540 million registered users/220 million active users monthly

Tencent Qzone     Nickname SNS, blogs, home pages     620 million active users monthly

Tencent WeChat     Mobile text & voice messaging, friend networks     272 million active users monthly     News portal website     51 million IP visitor daily

Baidu Post Bar     Forum and Q&A     over 10 million registered users and over 200 million monthly active users

Baidu Search Engine     Search engine     over 80 million IP visitors daily

Taobao and T Mall
    Online mall and C2C ecommerce     over 67 million IP visitors daily (combined); over 1 trillion RMB sales in 2012

Youku & Tudou     Companies have merged; video sharing and viewing, including TV shows     youku: over 10 million IP visitors daily tudou:over 1.26 million IP visitors daily

Douban     Interest based, nickname SNS     79 million registered users and over 200 million active users monthly

    Real name SNS     184  million active users

Sohu     News portal website     25 million IP visitor daily

Netease     News portal website     16 million IP visitor daily23 million unique visitors daily

iFeng     News portal website     11 million IP visitor daily

Caixin     Financial business & politics news     one of the leading websites in finance, 153 thousand IP visitor daily

Yicai     Financial & economic news     one of the leading websites in finance, 54 thousand IP visitor daily

Print Newspapers

Reference News
参考消息     Newspaper     3.4 million copies

People's Daily

人民日报     Newspaper     2.8 million copies

Global Times

环球时报     Newspaper     2 million copies

Southern Weekly
南方周末     Newspaper     1.7 million copies

New Weekly
   Magazine focusing on current events and lifestyle     310,000 copies

Southern People Weekly
    Magazine focusing on interviews     200,000 copies


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