Pakistan and China Radios in cooperation

China Radio International (CRI) Monday launched two hour transmission through Radio Pakistan’s FM-93 channel as part of initiatives aimed at strengthening relations between Pakistan and China.Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian pushed the button to officially launch the service, which would be one hour each in Urdu and English.Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Media Advisor to the President Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani expressed the confidence that the service would help widen and deepen relationship between the two countries. She pointed out that President Asif Ali Zardari attaches great importance to relations with China and that is why he chose China as the first country for his official visit abroad after assumption of office of the President.

Ispahani further said it was encouraging that Radio Pakistan and China Radio International have entered into a close partnership in the first month of the current year, which has been designated as Pak-China Friendship Year.
The Media Advisor to the President hoped that the programme would help disseminate news about China and promote cultural and educational links between the two neighbourly countries.
Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian, said the new service would serve as an important bridge to promote mutual understanding  and cultural exchange between the two countries.
He said the launching of the programme is a new aspect of cooperation between the two countries based on the agreement concluded during recent visit of the Chinese Prime Minister to Pakistan.
Parliamentary Secretary Information and Broadcasting Azeem Daultana, speaking on the occasion, said the Pakistani leadership was pro-China and we are looking towards China for more cooperation in different fields.
He said that friendship between Pakistan and China is exemplary and the launching of CRI service would add another dimension to this close relationship.
In his welcome address, Director-General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi said five stations of FM-93 including Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Kohat would broadcast CRI programmes in Urdu and English.
He pointed out that the initiative has been launched when the two countries were in the second week of their year-long celebrations to mark 60 years of establishment of diplomatic relations.
Message of Director-General of CRI was also read on the occasion in which he hoped that the service would further contribute to the development of mutual understanding and closer relations between the two countries.
He said the service would help Pakistani listeners learn more about economic, cultural, entertainment and other aspects of Chinese life.
Additional Secretary East Asia Pacific of Foreign Office Javed Hassan hoped that the launching of CRI programmes would help bring the two countries closer in culture and strengthen their people-to-people ties.
Director General Internal Publicity Ministry of Information Muhammad Azam and Director General APP Muhammad Riaz also attended the ceremony.

Associated Press Of Pakistan ( Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency ) – CRI launches 2-hour transmission on PBC’s FM-93 channel in 5 cities.


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