China Sent its First Communications Satellite
April 8, 1984
On April 8, 1984 China launched its first experimental geostationary orbit communications satellite Dongfanghong II. This has laid the foundation for China's development of satellite television. It also helped China to improve its broadcast quality and to enrich the diversity of its television programs. The development of satellite television has played an important role in the rapid development of China's television industry during the last two decades of the twentieth century.
Global Security. “Chinese Satellite Communications Systems”. Accessed May 10, 2018. https://www.globalsecurity.org/space/world/china/comm.htm