After admitting the programming language MuLan was false publicly, Liu Lei, the Chinese scholar who developed the MuLan programming language was suspended. The languaged was previously proclaimed as a completely self-dependent innovation.
On November 27, LinkSure Network officially launched its satellite network program — “LinkSure Swarm Constellation System.” The company's first satellite “LinkSure No.1” will be launched into space together with the Long March rocket in 2019.
The second Internet court in China opened its doors in Beijing on Sept. 9, as the country looks to better address disputes and problems caused by the fast-growing cyberspace.
A number of blockchain news and media accounts on WeChat became inaccessible on the evening of August 21. The Tencent WeChat team released a statement next day saying that the accounts have been permanently banned and their content removed due to a violation of government provisions.
China now has over 800 million Internet users, as indicated in the half-year report on China's Internet by the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) released on August 20. Out of the 800 million, 788 million are mobile Internet users.
On March 5, the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing's Great Hall of People. NPC members Pony Ma, Wang Yaping, and Xu Liyi were interviewed by media.
On January 31, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the 41st statistical report of China Internet network development in Beijing. As of December 2017, China's Internet population reached 772 million, with a penetration rate of 55.8 percent.