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CRI Marks 70th Anniversary

Chinese overseas broadcasting began in 1941 as part of the resistance to the Japanese Empire during World War II

CRI Director-General Wang Gengnian spoke during the 70th anniversary celebration for China Radio International, 3 December 2011, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo courtesy

China Radio International marked its 70th anniversary with a high-profile ceremony on 3 December at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

More than 700 people, including political leaders, diplomats and CRI staff attended the event.

Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, lauded CRI for its 70 years of operation and called upon the broadcaster to continue its global work.

“CRI has become an important window for China to know the world and for the world to understand China, and has become an important platform for China’s overseas publicity,” Li said.

On 3 December, 1941, Yan’an New China Radio Station launched a radio program in Japanese, which marked the beginning of foreign-service broadcasting for China. Currently, China broadcasts programming in 61 languages via radio, television, newspapers, the Internet and mobile phones.