Sunday, September 24, 2006

Collectors Fear That DOS Will Support China and UNESCO (PRWEB)

Collectors, Museums and the Antiquities Trade have opposed the imposition of import restrictions on cultural property, putting them into direct contention with archaeologists on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee.

(PRWEB)September 20, 2006 -- In February of 2005, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, an element of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, began deliberations on a request for import restrictions by the People's Republic of China. What the Chinese government seeks, under a 1983 U.S. law known as the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), is that broad categories of objects manufactured in China prior to 1911 be restricted from importation into the U.S. ostensibly to preserve the cultural heritage of China.

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