Chinese, Lao Presidents Launch CRI's New Radio Service in Laos
   2006-11-20 05:54:55

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Laotian counterpart Choummaly Sayasone have jointly launched China Radio International's new radio service. With the operation of CRI Vientiane, the two peoples will be able to better understand each other and further enhance bilateral relations.  


CRI Reporter Chen Xi has more.


CRI Vientiane 93 FM was officially launched on Sunday in the capital city of Laos by both Chinese and Laotian presidents. Hu Jintao spoke at the ceremony.


"Dear Lao listeners, today, with the Lao President Choummaly Sayasone, I would like to express the good wishes of the Chinese government and the Chinese people upon the opening of CRI Vientiane 93 FM."


President attended the official ceremony during his state visit to Laos.


"China and Laos are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and waters. The people of the two countries have co-existed in peace and harmony since ancient times. The launching of CRI Vientiane 93 FM station will build a bridge between people in China and Laos, enhancing our mutual understanding and friendship and contributing to the comprehensive partnership between the two countries."


Chinese President Hu Jintao spoke the last sentence in Lao. It means “Long live the Sino-Lao friendship.”


CRI's new radio station provides twelve and a half hours of programming every day in English, Laotian and Chinese.


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.


One of CRI's listeners in Laos, Sikhoun Bunvilai says Lao people will better understand China through CRI's programs.


"I do like yoru programs, which include much knowledge and entertainment. I believe we will have better understanding of Chinese people and culture through CRI programs."


CRI director-general Wang Gengnian says the FM radio will build a new bridge on air to facilitate the communication and cooperation between the Chinese and Lao peoples.


"The establishment and broadcast of CRI Vientiane 93 FM radio station will strongly contribute to the exchange of politics, economy and culture and promote mutual benefits and development. I believe CRI's radio station in Vientiane will become the most loyal and close friend to Lao people."


His counterpart, director-general of Lao National Radio, Sipha Nonglath says bilateral relations will be enhanced through CRI's programming.


"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."


Launching CRI's new radio service is part of President Hu Jintao's official itinerary during his state visit to Laos, the first by a Chinese president in six years.


Chen Xi, CRI News


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