ChinaNet Online Holdings Nominated as 2013 Preferred Service Provider for China SME

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BEIJING, Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNET) (the "ChinaNet" or "Company"), a leading B2B (business to business) Internet technology company focusing on providing online-to-offline ("O2O") sales channel expansion services for small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") and entrepreneurial management and networking services for entrepreneurs in the People's Republic of China, today announced that it has been co-nominated as a candidate for the "2013 Preferred Service Provider for China Small and Medium-sized Enterprises" award by China Center for Promotion of SME Development and China International Cooperation Association of Small and Medium Enterprises.

"We are proud to be selected as one of the premier service provider to SMEs," said Mr. George Chu, Chief Operating Officer of ChinaNet. "It validates our work in creating an excellent sales and marketing platform for SMEs. We will continue to introduce new products on our service platform to help franchise owners and SMEs become more successful."

China Center for Promotion of SME Development is a state-owned entity under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China to promote business development of domestic SMEs. China International Cooperation Association of Small and Medium Enterprises is a non-profit making entity established by various SMEs, entrepreneurs and scholars in 1990 to coordinate government-SMEs relationship and enhance oversea communications and activities of China SMEs.

About ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc.

The Company, a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI ("ChinaNet"), is a leading B2B (business to business) Internet technology company focusing on providing O2O (online to offline) sales channel expansion service for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurial management and networking service for entrepreneurs in China. The Company, through certain contractual arrangements with operating companies in the PRC, provides Internet advertising and other services for Chinese SMEs via its portal websites, 28.com, Liansuo.com and Chuangye.com, TV commercials and program production via China-Net TV, and in-house LCD advertising on banking kiosks targeting Chinese banking patrons. Website: http://www.chinanet-online.com.

Safe Harbor

This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including business uncertainties relating to government regulation of our industry, market demand, reliance on key personnel, future capital requirements, competition in general and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on ChinaNet's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting ChinaNet will be those anticipated by ChinaNet. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond the control of the Company) or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. ChinaNet undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

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