CHINA Chinese police tighten crackdown on cultural relic crimes

CHINA

Chinese police tighten crackdown on cultural relic crimes

Xinhua

14:37, April 11, 2019

TAIYUAN, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Police in north China's Shanxi Province have caught 1,179 suspects in cultural relic-related crimes and solved 724 such cases since 2018, local authorities said.

More than 17,000 historical artifacts were retrieved in the province during this period, according to the provincial public security department.

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The numbers of suspects, cases solved, and retrieved relics have all surpassed the total numbers of the previous eight years.

In late January, Shanxi police announced that they had recovered a precious bronze plate, a long-lost cultural relic under top state protection.

As one of the dowries given to his eldest daughter by the Duke Wen of Jin, the 2,600-year-old bronze ritual vessel had changed hands in many provinces before being sold overseas. The police took months to identify the location of the lost treasure and related tomb raiders and smugglers.

Shanxi boasts abundant cultural heritage. The province has more than 53,000 immovable cultural relics, including ancient ruins, tombs and architecture. It is home to 452 cultural relics sites under state protection, the highest of all provincial regions.

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