Actually, these technological advancements took place within only 30 years. On September 20, 1987 when most Chinese people were still writing letters to communicate, a group of Chinese scientists were looking for faster and better ways of communication. When Li Chengjiong, then Director of the Institute for Computer Application, and Werner Zorn, known as the “Father of the Internet of Germany,” collaborated to send China’s first email, reading, “Across the Great Wall, we can reach every corner of the world,” to Germany, they did not foresee that this act would bring such profound change to all aspects of Chinese life in the coming years. This move also indicated the birth of the Internet in China.
After China opened its 64K dedicated line connecting to the Internet in 1994, the number of Internet users grew rapidly. According to the 40th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China issued by China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in August, China had 751 million Internet users by June 2017, accounting for one-fifth of the world’s total. In other words, a total of 54.3 percent of China’s population are using the Internet. Of these, 724 million people use the Internet with their mobile devices.
Within 30 years, China has gone from a follower to a leader in Internet development, according to Mary Meeker, known as the “Queen of Net,” in her report