BEIJING (Sputnik) — The app will pool the resources of both media outlets to allow users to obtain local and international news updates in text, radio and video formats.
Oleg Osipov, first deputy editor-in-chief of the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, and Wang Gengnian, China Radio International General Director, signed a letter of intent in Beijing during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official visit to China.
"The Sputnik international news agency and radio station has been successfully operating in the Chinese media market for over 18 months. The new media product, due to be launched by Sputnik together with China Radio International, will considerably expand our potential in terms of audiences and media content," Anton Anisimov, head of Sputnik International Broadcasting, noted in connection with the signing of the agreement.
On December 16, 2015, Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on holding the Year of Russian Media Outlets in the People’s Republic of China and the Year of Chinese Media Outlets in the Russian Federation in 2016-2017. Events to mark the bilateral years will further advance Russian-Chinese relations and expand cultural ties. In all, Russian and Chinese media outlets are to hold over 200 joint events in the area of information exchanges, journalism, dialogue of cultures, as well as major bilateral forums, roundtable discussions and delegation visits.
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China Radio International, a state-owned Chinese international radio station based in Beijing, was established in 1941. The radio station airs short-wave, medium-band, FM, satellite and online broadcasts in 61 languages, with a total daily output of over 2,700 broadcasting hours.