China's online literature gains popularity overseas

China's online literature has developed rapidly in recent years with the rise of internet and mobile reading and has become increasingly popular with foreign readers, an official of the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration said Friday. 

Fang Zhenghui, deputy director of the China Foreign Languages Publishing Administration, was speaking at the ongoing Hainan Island International Book (Tourism) Fair that was held in the resort city of Sanya in south China's Hainan Province. 

This year saw China's online literature translated into more than 10 foreign languages, including English, French, Japanese and Russian, and read by readers from more than 40 countries and regions along the Belt and Road framework, Fang said. 

Yang Zhan, an official from the China Literature Limited said the company has uploaded more than 500 pieces of online literature since 2017, and the overseas registered users have exceeded 40 million. The highest views of a single piece have exceeded 300 million. 

He Hong, director of the online literature center of the China Writers Association, believes that online literature is at the forefront of promoting Chinese culture overseas. 

So far, China has about 14 million online writers and more than 450 million online literature readers.

The international book fair has attracted nearly 200 publishing agencies and exhibitors from home and abroad. 

Aiming to serve the construction of the country's largest pilot Free Trade Zone and promote international cultural exchanges along the Belt and Road structure, more than 60 activities including diverse theme forums and a travel book competition award ceremony will be held during the four-day event. 

(With input from Xinhua News Agency)