Lao people can now enjoy clearer reception of programs from CRI, or China Radio International, with the launch of an FM radio station in the country's capital. The opening of this station follows the launch of CRI's first overseas FM radio station in Kenya earlier this year.
CRI Reporter Chen Xi has more.
CRI Vientiane 93 FM was officially launched on Sunday after its first station in Nairobi this February. It provides twelve and half hours of programs per day in English, Laotian and Chinese to Lao listeners.
The programs cover China's economic, social and cultural development, as well as China's friendly exchanges with southeast Asian countries and major events from around the world. Listeners will also be able to enjoy music from China, southeast Asia and the rest of the world.
The director-general of Lao National Radio, Sipha Nonglath, says CRI will indeed open a window in which Laotians can learn more about China's rich cultural heritage.
"The establishment of CRI Vientiane 93 FM will help build a bridge between people in China and Laos, enhancing our traditional and long-term friendship, improving mutual exchanges of culture and making great contributions to deepening understanding between the two nations. Many Laotians, especially those in Vientiane and nearby provinces, will have the chance to listen to CRI programs clearly everyday."
Sipha Nonglath adds with help of CRI, Laotians will not only further understand economic development in China and around the world, but enjoy beautiful music from China.
CRI Director-General Wang Gengnian says the FM radio service will help build a new bridge over the air to facilitate communication and cooperation between the Chinese and Lao peoples.
"China and Laos are friendly neighbours linked by mountains and waters. The people of the two countries have co-existed in peace and harmony since ancient times. CRI 93 FM station marks the great progress of Sino-Laotian friendship in the new era."
Wang Gengnian adds CRI will make great efforts to provide the best programs to meet Laotian listeners' needs, creating a link to China and the world for the Laotian audience.
This year is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Laos. It also marks the 65th anniversary of CRI's first broadcast.The director-general of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, Wang Taihua, hopes CRI will continue to be a loyal friend to Laotians.
"As the envoy of culture in this new era, I believe the CRI 93 FM radio station in Vientiane will profoundly deepen mutual understanding, and increase friendship between the two nations to new height."
He also hopes through the CRI project, partnership between the two countries will be promoted in various fields.
As for the local audience they are also very excited about the new radio station.
Sikhoun Bunvilai says Lao people will better understand China through CRI's programs.
"I do like your programs, which include much knowledge and entertainment. I believe we will have better understanding of Chinese people and culture through CRI programs."
Other listeners also hope to hear more sci-tech and environtmental protection programs.
Chen Xi, CRI News.