Ok... this is one ugly article. Is it real?
Soooo much dubious. The mangled English, the sketchy conclusions, quoting people/organisations with names that look sound like James Bond baddies. No one thing is bad, but in aggregate this news piece would make you looking at more credible sources. You decide.
However, there is a way to sniff it for bullshit. The article says further down there are 1.6B cellphones in China. 21 million phones sounds like a lot but is actually only 1.3% of total phones. In NZ the cell providers state publically that they close or replace about 10% of their mobile phone accounts at year....which is about 1% a month roughly.
Further, I highly doubt the number are accurate to 1.3 percent....imagine trying to keep track of 1 600 000 000 phone accounts!