"The fact shows
that foreign Internet companies have a bright future in China – as long
as they abide by Chinese laws and respect traditional Chinese culture."
China now has about 230 million bloggers and 277 million people surf the Internet on mobile phones, according to Wang.
The scale of China's Internet market has
reached 183 billion yuan ($27 billion), a year-on-year increase of
nearly 32 percent, Wang said, adding that transaction volume of
e-commerce has reached more than 3.6 trillion yuan.
The 59-year-old said he is a fan of online
shopping, and found it's more convenient and cheaper to buy books and
music albums online.
"China's Internet industry has a new
opportunity as promoting the deep integration of industrialization and
information has been included in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) of
economic and social development," he added.
Collaboration and win-win
The annual roundtable, themed "collaboration
and win-win" this year, was co-hosted by the State Council Information
Office and the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Wang's debut on Monday also made him the
highest-level Chinese official to attend the annual dialogue between
China and the United Kingdom.
The roundtable opened about two weeks after
China and the United States pledged at their fourth annual Internet
Forum to increase collaboration to combat cyber crime and protect
Nearly 100 representatives, about half from
each country, attended Monday's roundtable. Most are high-ranking
figures of portal websites, officials and e-business leaders.
"The UK places great value on its
relationship with China in the communication sector," said Ed Vaizey, a
British parliamentary under-secretary of state for culture,
communication and creative industries.
"Its purpose is to highlight the influence
of UK companies in the global IT market to show how our companies are
increasing their profiles in China and to illustrate how UK intellectual
property and know-how can create opportunities for Chinese companies,"
Addressing the roundtable, Chinese
Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said the Internet has been
"facilitating cooperation in all areas" between Beijing and London.
"A typical example is the joint research by
scientists from both countries on the application of 4G mobile Internet
during the 2012 London Olympic Games," Liu said. “The Internet is
playing a positive role to enhance bilateral cooperation in today's