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China's first regional radio broadcast for international audience -- southeast Asian countries -- opened here Thursday on the sideline of the China-ASEAN Expo from October 20 to 24 in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The Guangxi Beibu Bay Radio (BBR), jointly launched by China Radio International and Guangxi Foreign Broadcasting Station, broadcasts from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM every day in five languages including English, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese mandarin and Cantonese, said an official with the municipal authorities.

The radio will reach more than 100 million people in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, southeast Thailand and China's Guangxi, the official said.

Various subjects, including politics, economics, cultures, education, health, tourism and entertainment, will be covered in 16 programs such as morning and evening news, top music, Chinese language learning, etc..

The website of the radio is also opened Thursday.

(Xinhua News Agency October 24, 2009)

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