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VOA Notes Anniversary of China Broadcasts

It was 70 years ago Wednesday

The Voice of America is noting the 70th anniversary of U.S. radio broadcasts to China.

Today, VOA content in Mandarin, Cantonese and Tibetan is sent via radio, TV, the Internet, mobile platforms, satellite and proxy servers “designed to circumvent Chinese Internet blocking,” the organization stated.

Broadcasts began on Dec. 28, 1941, shortly after the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into the Second World War.

“Voice of America was still months away from being officially established when the first Chinese-language shortwave broadcasts were transmitted from studios in San Francisco,” it stated.

“U.S. government broadcasting operations to China were eventually moved to New York and then Washington under the Voice of America.”