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The number of Internet users in China grew almost 50 per cent last year to 33.7 million, according to the latest survey of the China Internet Network Information Center, which produces twice-yearly statistics on the development of the Internet in China.

More than half of the country’s Internet users are under 24 years of age, the survey shows. Two-thirds of users are unmarried, 60 per cent are male and a third live in Beijing, Shanghai or Guangdong Province.

The number of computers connected to the Internet, meanwhile, increased 41 per cent to 12.5 million last year.

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