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Red list of threatened cultural relics to be sent

11-11-2010 09:56 BJT

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The 5000-year civilization has left today's China with an abundant cultural and historical heritage. And these relics have long been desired by international collectors. But modern wars and illegal trades have moved many treasures overseas, causing great loss to the nation. At the ongoing 22nd General Conference and 25th General Assembly of the International Council of Museums, known as ICOM, a so-called "red list" of threatened Chinese relics was made public in order to preserve Chinese cultural heritage.

The red list, complied by international experts of museums, includes 13 categories such as porcelain, sculpture, metal, folk items, jade and stone. Photos are attached to each category's introduction. The list will be sent to the customs and police bureaus of relevant countries and regions as a reference.

According to ICOM, most of the pictures were taken in Chinese museums and are not looted treasures. Report call-in numbers of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security are printed on the list.

Standing against cultural heritage smuggling is one of the most prominent tasks of ICOM. The council has already published red lists for African countries as well as Afghanistan and Haiti. China's red list will be a major reference against grave robbing, smuggling and of lawsuits. German and French language versions will be published soon.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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