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China to Overtake U.S. as World's Largest Net Nation

The mainland and Hong Kong combined could host the highest number of Internet users of any nation by the end of this year, according to research house eMarketer

eMarketer, a research house specializing in e-business and the Internet, reported that China's Internet population reached 176.5 million in 2007, compared to 188.1 million in the United States. The tally for China included Hong Kong.

Ben Macklin, senior analyst at eMarketer, said China would "overtake the United States as the most populous Internet nation in the world" this year. The Internet market in the Asian country, he added, is still relatively immature and together with countries such as Brazil and India, will drive growth in the number of Internet users globally.