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China Launches Radio Service

The government of China opened a radio service in Phnom Penh on Thursday, with plans to broadcast 18 hours a day in three languages.

China-Cambodia Friendship Radio will broadcast programs in Khmer, Chinese and English, from 6 am to midnight each day on FM96.5. It’s opening marked 50 years of cooperation between the two countries and followed an announcement of more than $250 million in aid from the Chinese earlier this month.

Chinese International Radio now broadcasts in 53 languages, and the opening of the service follows an agreement earlier this year with Vietnamese programming on Cambodian National Radio.

“It is no doubt the radio will strengthen more understanding and improve the relationship of the people of both countries, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jin Feng said Thursday.