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Chinese State Councilor hails launch of state TV's Russian channel
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08:16, September 11, 2009

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Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong hoped ties between China and Russia would become closer as the Russian language channel of the China Central Television (CCTV) started operation Thursday morning.

"The Russian channel will have long-term positive effects on the harmonious relationship between Chinese and Russian people and is also essential to promote China's cultural exchange with the world," said Liu before a concert that marked the opening of the channel at 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

According to a statement issued earlier by CCTV, China's state broadcaster, the Russian channel is expected to serve a potential 300-million audience in the 12 nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

Liu hoped that with the help of the channel and a series of activities in the current "Year of Russian Language" and the "Year of Chinese Language" in 2010, more people would begin to learn the two languages and boost cultural and economic exchanges between the two sides.

The channel will provide news, entertainment and programs to introduce China, Chinese culture and language round the clock.

CCTV currently broadcasts five foreign language channels in the English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian languages.



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