A Better Connected World

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's implementation of reform and opening-up policies. During the past 40 years, great achievements have been made in many areas, and people's lives have improved in many aspects, including their communications.

Four decades ago, most Chinese kept in touch with their relatives or friends who lived in other places through letters and telegraphs.

With the fast development of the telecommunications industry in the 1990s, pagers and telephones became popular and they made communication easier.

In the 21st century, the Internet and mobile communication devices have enabled people to receive messages from their friends thousands of miles away — at any time. Also, they can see one another on the screen if they want.

Operators work at Nanjing Telecommunication Bureau, in East China's Jiangsu Province. This photo was taken in the 1980s 80年代的南京电信局机房

People make long-distance calls at a public phone booth in Shanghai. This photo was taken in 1994《千里亲情一线牵》(1994) Photo by CHEN KEJIA摄影:陈克家

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