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The US-based Human Rights Watch organization has issued its annual World Report, commenting on human rights conditions worldwide over the past year.
Once again Human Rights Watch criticizes China, accusing it of making "minimal significant progress". However, the report is blind to China's significant achievements in developing the Internet as a platform for public discourse, instead it censures and discredits freedom of speech in China.
With the world's largest population of Internet users, China has witnessed the fastest growing Internet community in the world. No country comes close to it either in the number of Internet users or in the development speed of its cyberspace. The Internet plays an increasingly important and irreplaceable role not only in promoting economic growth, but also in the democratization of China.