CRI Celebrates 60th Anniversary of 4 ASEAN Languages Broadcasts
    2010-04-05 17:37:17     Xinhua      Web Editor: Yang Yang
 

President of CRI Wang Gengnian (M) and visiting Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom (R) celebrate 60th Anniversary of 4 ASEAN Languages Broadcasts in Beijing on April 5, 2010. [Photo: CRI]

China Radio International (CRI), the only state international radio broadcaster, celebrated the 60th anniversary of its broadcasting in Indonesian, Myanmese, Thai and Vietnamese languages on Monday.

CRI, which started its broadcasts in the four languages of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April 10, 1950, is now introducing China to the world in these languages through shortwave radio, FM radio, the Internet and print media.

Addressing the celebration in Chinese, visiting Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom said she once listened to CRI's programs in Thai as a teenager and could still pick them up now in Thailand.

"I have learned much about China and the Chinese people by listening to these programs," she said, adding that CRI's broadcasts to the ASEAN countries were conducive to strengthening their friendship with China.

At the ceremony, CRI also launched its China-ASEAN website (http://asean.cri.cn), which is a part of CRI Online, a multi-language website of CRI. The China-ASEAN website, using Cambodian, Filipino, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Myanmese, Thai and Vietnamese languages, covers the stories on exchanges and cooperation between China and the ASEAN countries and provides information for the developments in the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (FTA).

CRI has continually conducted cooperation and made program and personnel exchanges with its counterparts in the ASEAN countries, said President of CRI Wang Gengnian, citing the launch of the China-ASEAN website as an example of the upgraded and expanded cooperation between media of China and the ASEAN countries.

China-ASEAN Association President Gu Xiulian, Deputy Director of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) Tian Jin, diplomats from various ASEAN countries and representatives from China's Foreign Ministry, the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries attended the ceremony.

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