Antiquities in the People's Republic of China
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- ‘Stolen’ Chinese Art Causes
- By Michelle Dennehy, Auction Watch, 2 May
2000. Christie's, later indicted as a price-fixing
cartel, offers the legal novelty that it is OK to sell
stolen property as long as they had already been sold
before. The history of theft of these treasures.
- More looted relics to be auctioned
- The Straits Times, 11 October
2000. Christie's auction house is notorous for selling
stolen national treasures. It boasts it can get away with
- Antiquated trade rules likely to ease as
relic markets thrive
- By Jasper Becker, South China Morning Post,
30 March 2001. In the face of globalization pressures, China
considering the privatization of her people's cultural
heritage. Antiquities markets.
- $54m facelift for world's tallest Buddha
- The Straits Times, 1 April
2001. 1,280-year-old statue in Leshan, a city in south-west
China's Sichuan province, is world's highest Buddha
statue, being 71 meters tall, more than the Bamiyan Valley
statue in Afghanistan. Included in the World Cultural
Heritage list, the statue has for years suffered damage from
wind, water, acid rain and tramplings by visitors.
- Cultural Bureau Proposes Giant National
- China News Digest, 28 May 2002. Proposal to
build a huge national museum next to Tiananmen Square, which
would almost triple the size of the 65,000 square meters of
the Revolutionary and History museums. Beijing had lagged
Shanghai and Xi'an in terms of museum quality.
- Cultural Relics Face Submersion in Central
- Xinhua, 13 July 2002. The desperate need for water and the
construction of a south-to-north water diversion project
from the Yangtze. The central lines through Hubei Province
would submerge relic sites in the Danjiangkou Reservoir
area, where an ancient civilization was located.