China Launches Arabic International TV Channel
China Saturday launched an international Arabic-language television channel as part of an ambitious programme to promote the communist country’s views abroad.
State-run China Central Television (CCTV) said the new service would broadcast news, entertainment and education programmes 24 hours a day to a potential audience of about 300 million people in 22 countries.
CCTV vice-president Zhang Changming said in a statement the channel “would serve as an important bridge to strengthen communication and understanding between China and the Arab countries.”
The network, which already broadcasts in English, French and Spanish, also has plans for a Russian-language service.