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Radio, TV coverage needs to improve

THE government was asked to improve television and radio coverage in border areas to counteract infiltration by hostile foreign forces and protect political and cultural security.

"Border areas with ethnic minorities still face a grave situation in counteracting infiltration through TV and radio broadcasting," said Ma Qingsheng, a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, at the annual session of the political advisory body yesterday in Beijing.

"Hostile and secessionist forces from overseas have changed their border infiltrating tactics by increasing transmission strength, adding more broadcasts and routinely changing frequencies," said Ma, vice director of the Committee of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the CPPCC National Committee.

According to Ma, 23,000 border villages each with at least 20 households have no television and radio programs. In the border areas of Yunnan Province, 3.5 million people have no access to radio broadcasts and 3 million have no access to TV programs.

Improving TV and radio coverage in border areas is necessary to raise awareness of government policy, prevent the infiltration of hostile foreign forces, consolidate ethnic unity, safeguard stability and enrich the lives of ethnic minorities, Ma said.

He also encouraged the creation of programs in minority languages.


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