China's online population swells to 384 million...! BEIJING: The number of Internet users in China, already the largest in the world, rose to 384 million by the end of 2009, a government-linked industry body said Friday. The online population in the world's most populous nation increased by 28.9 percent last year from the end of 2008, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) said in a report published on its website. Users accessing the Internet with mobile phones jumped by 120 million last year to 233 million, with the fast expansion of the country'sthird-generation (3G) network, allowing high-speed transmission of images and video, it said. The report added that Chinese web users are most interested in music, news and search engine services.