Intro to RTI

Radio Taiwan International (RTI) broadcasts worldwide from Taiwan. It is one of the world's oldest radio stations that is still in operation today, broadcasting news and programs in 14 languages to the rest of the world.Offering a wide variety of programs spanning from Mandarin Chinese lessons to Taiwanese history, Radio Taiwan International provides listeners a chance to become acquainted with the unique experience of Taiwan.

The radio station was established by the Kuomintang (KMT) government as the Central Broadcasting System (CBS) in Nanjing, China, in 1928. During the Japanese invasion in 1937, CBS moved with the government to a new location in Hankou, and then to Chongqing, to continue broadcasting. After the end of WWII, the station returned along with the Kuomintang government to Nanjing. Four years later, it again followed the KMT government when it moved to Taipei, Taiwan.

For the next 60 years, the Central Broadcasting System persevered, continuing to broadcast on behalf of the nation, sharing information about Taiwan with the rest of the world.

Between 1996 and 1998, the Central Broadcasting System merged with the international department of the Broadcasting Corporation of China (BCC), broadcasting to listeners around the world under the call signs "Radio Taipei International" and "The Voice of Asia." Programs were later combined under a unified call sign, "Radio Taipei International," and eventually "Radio Taiwan International" which reflects the radio station's true mission as the national broadcaster of Taiwan.