Households to Be Connected by Telephone
China is expected to link almost every households' telephones, including
those in its vast rural areas, by 2020, the Ministry of Information
Industry has said.
By July of 2004, 90 percent of Chinese villages had been connected by
telephones, and the connection ratio will shoot up to 95 percent next
year, according to latest statistics released by the ministry. China
ranks No.1 in the world in its number of telephone subscribers, with
295.488 million fixed line and 305.283 million mobile users. However,
the ministry said that telecom development remains seriously imbalanced
between the country's coastal areas, where 77 percent households own
one fixed line, and the hinterland, where only 40 percent of families
Chinese Studies Available at Egypt's Top University
Egypt's top university has opened its Chinese department to meet the
growing demand for learning Chinese in recent years.
The principal of Cairo University, Ali Abdel Rahman, said that the Chinese
culture is one of the major sources of knowledge since ancient times,
China Radio International reported on Oct. 9. He hopes that the Chinese
department will cultivate younger generations to be cultural ambassadors
for China and provide a window to the country from the Arabic world.
So far, 26 students have been enrolled into the department.
Established in 1908, Cairo University is one of the most famous academic
institutes in the Arab nations, with nearly 190,000 students.