The Internet Timeline of China (2007)
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  1.On January 23, 2007, China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the 19th statistical report on the development of the Internet in China. By December 31, 2006, there were about 59.4 million computers in China which had access to the Internet. The number of Internet users was about 137 million, and the proportion of the number of netizens in the population of the country exceeded 10% for the first time. The total number of domain names was 4,109,020, the number of websites was about 843,000, and the network bandwidth of international export was about 256,696Mbps.

  2.On January 23, 2007, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee collectively studied the development of world network technology and the construction and management of Internet culture in China. Secretary-General Hu Jintao pointed out while presiding over the study that whether we could actively use and effectively manage the Internet and whether we could truly make the Internet a new approach for transmitting advanced socialist culture, a new platform of public cultural services, and a new space of people’s healthy spiritual and cultural life were related to the healthy development of the socialist cultural cause and cultural industry, to the cultural and information safety and the long-term stability of our country, and to the overall situation of the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.

  3.On February 15, 2007, 14 ministries and commissions including the Ministry of Culture issued the Circular Concerning Further Strengthening the Management of Internet Cafés and Online Games, which regulated, for the first time, the virtual currency transaction in online games.

  4.On February 28, 2007, People’s Daily, the largest comprehensive print media and the newspaper of the CPC central government, formally issued mobile phone newspapers all over the country. It became a landmark event in the integration of modern communication technology and news media.

  5.From May 2007, 11 websites such as,,,,, and held Online Lecture Hall activities to transmit scientific and cultural knowledge in such forms as online video lecturing, textual recording and netizen interactive communication. By the end of December, altogether over 330 lectures had been held, and the accumulated hits exceeded 100 million person-times.

  6.On June 1, 2007, the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Council Informatization Office jointly released the first E-commerce development plan in China—the Eleventh Five-Year Plan for the Development of E-commerce, which, for the first time, determined the strategy and tasks for developing E-commerce at the level of national policies.

  7.On June 18, 2007, the Anti-Junk Mail Comprehensive Treatment Platform of the Internet Society of China was formally opened, and the number of e-mailbox users of the 10 email operating enterprises connected to this platform accounted for over 80% of the total number of e-mailbox users in China.

  8.In July 2007, Wang Xiao, the blog owner of Leading Brother 777, called the Number One Blog in the World in the hot wave of the stock market in China, was brought under criminal detention by the police in Jilin. The nature of the case was determined to be new mass-related economic crime. The event showed the negative effect of blog products, and meanwhile reflected the new complexity in the course of public opinion formation.

  9.On August 21, 2007, the Blog Service Self Discipline Convention was formally released in Beijing. This Convention advocated the real name registration system. Over 10 renowned blog service providers jointly signed the convention on the site of the release meeting.

  10.From September 3 to September 6, 2007, TOM withdrew successively from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange of the United States, and became the first China concept stock that withdrew from the stock market.

  11.On September 7, 2007, the Survey Report on Internet Development in Rural China 2007 was released. By June 2007, the scale of rural netizens in China exceeded 37 million. There was a big gap between the city and the countryside. The internet penetration rate in the countryside was 5.1%, while the internet penetration rate in the city at the same time was 21.6%. This was the first time for our country to issue a survey report on the development of the Internet in the countryside.

  12.On September 30, 2007, the central government transmission backbone network of the national e-government network was formally opened, which symbolized that a uniform national e-government network framework was basically formed.

  13.On October 15, 2007, Secretary-General Hu Jintao pointed out at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, We should have a comprehensive understanding of the new situation and tasks in China's advance toward an industrialized, information-based, urbanized, market-oriented and internationalized country; integrate IT application and industrialization; strengthen efforts to develop and manage Internet culture and foster a good cyber environment. Clear requirements were put forward to the development of IT application and the Internet.

  14.On November 1, 2007, Shanghai Giant Network Technology Ltd. was listed in the New York Stock Exchange of the United States. It was the first Chinese network company listed in the New York Stock Exchange and became the online game enterprise with the highest market value in China.

  15.On November 1, 2007, seven national standards on information security were formally implemented. These seven national standards were respectively: GB/T 20984-2007 Information security technology - Risk assessment specification for information security, GB/T 20979-2007 Information security technology - Technical requirements for iris identification system, GB/T 20983-2007 Information security technology - Evaluation criteria for online banking information systems security assurance, GB/Z 20985-2007 Information technology - Security techniques -Information security incident management guide, GB/Z 20986-2007 Information security technology - Guidelines for the category and classification of information security incidents, GB/T 20987-2007 Information security technology - Evaluation Criteria for online stock trading information systems security assurance, and GB/T 20988-2007 Information security technology - Disaster recovery specifications for information system.

  16.On December 4, 2007, the NASDAQ Stock Exchange of the United States announced that Baidu Company became a part of the NASDAQ 100 index and NASDAQ 100 average weighted index. Baidu was the first Chinese company selected into NASDAQ 100 index.

  17.On December 18, 2007, the International Olympic Committee and CCTV jointly signed the Agreement on the Transmission Right of the Internet and Mobile Platform in China Regarding the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This was the first time in the Olympic history when new media including the Internet and mobile phones were listed separately into the transmission system of the Olympics as independent transmission platforms.

  18.On December 24, 2007, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the State Administration of Sport jointly issued the Circular Concerning the Related Issues of Lottery Organizations’ Resort to the Internet to Sell Lotteries. The sales of lotteries on the Internet were forbidden and the rapidly growing online lottery sales were stopped urgently.

  19.On December 29, 2007, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Information Industry jointly issued the Regulations on the Administration of Video and Audio Program Service on the Internet.

  20.On December 31, 2007, the number of registration for CN domain names, i.e., the country code top-level domain names, reached 9.002 million, accounting for 75.4% of the total number of domain names in China, and the websites under CN domain names reached 1.006 million, accounting for 66.9% of the total number of websites in China. This symbolized that CN domain names had become the mainstream domain names registered and applied in China.

  21.In December 2007, the Eleventh Five-Year Plan for IT Application in National Economy and Social Development was released, which put forward the overall objective of IT application and Internet development of the country in the period of the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, deployed main tasks, arranged major projects and clarified guarantee measures. This was an important measure in accelerating the integration of IT application and industrialization and implementing the scientific outlook on development

  22.In 2007, the market value of Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba successively surpassed USD 10 billion. Chinese Internet enterprises ascended to the list of the largest Internet enterprises in the world.

  23.In 2007, PPG Clothes (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (PPG) won altogether an international venture capital of USD 50 million. This kind of B2C new E-commerce direct sales mode without stores or channels reflected the channel value of the Internet and showed the further integration of the traditional industry and the Internet.

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