Only the US now has more web surfers as young and old Chinese take to the internet in record numbers.
The figure is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years.
China's economic boom is behind the dramatic rise as increasing personal wealth means more people are able to buy computers and go online.
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World broadband numbers in Q1 2005
ZDNet, June 25, 2005
World broadband lines reached 164 million in Q1 2005, up 52 million lines since Q1 2004.