Russia’s leading broadcaster Channel One is set to begin transmitting in China from 2016.

Quoting Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister of communications and mass communication, Ria reports that the concept and programme structure of a service based on Channel One is currently being worked out.

It adds that the service would be focused on humanitarian cooperation and offer viewers documentaries and feature films, as well as cultural and educational programmes, though not news.

Two Russian channels – RTR Planeta and RTR – are already distributed in China.

Both countries feel it is important to project the right image of themselves to each other and Olga Godolets, Russia’s deputy PM for social affairs, conceded that its image had been “substantially distorted” in recent times when there are intermediaries.