Chinese-speaking internet-users now outnumber English-speaking internet-users, according to this AP article.
How will this change the world over the next 25 years?
Only God knows, but I'll bet the changes will be profound.
How will this affect human rights in China? Will free-speech, religious liberty and the right to life become more highly valued in Chinese society as more and more Chinese gain access to the rest of the world via the internet? Will these new internet-users allow their government to continue to filter the content they can access? Is free and unhindered internet-access becoming a worldwide human right? Will the continued growth of Christianity in China have any impact in these areas?
I think the answers to these questions will depend on what Chinese men, particularly Chinese Christian men, do with the internet. Will China become a nation of tribalized, porn-addicted, video-gamers like us? My prayer for this generation of Chinese-speaking netizens is that they will not, so that their lives, their great country, and the world can be better because of the choices they make. Let's pray for them. May Chinese "netizens" unite via the internet in a cause that is greater than their own entertainment.