The number of Internet bloggers in China reached 20.8 million at the end of 2006, with more than three million web-users regularly posting their writings, state press said. Web logs in China took 101 million hits in 2006, Xinhua news agency said, citing the China Internet Survey Report 2007.
"Web logs have gradually developed into a new trend in Internet information communication, many public figures as well as ordinary people use web blogs ... to express their thoughts," the report quoted Huang Chengqing of the China Internet Association as saying.
The government's concern over the rise of the blog is behind its decision to consider new rules that may require all users to register with their real names before blogging, the report said. "The real names of bloggers will be kept private as long as they do no harm to the public interest," the report said. "If they break the law, they will be held responsible."