China on Tuesday signed separate cooperation agreements with Afghanistan and Pakistan to protect and restore cultural artefacts, from ancient monuments to archeological sites.
The documents titled "China-Afghanistan and China-Pakistan Joint Statements on Cooperation in the Asian Initiative for Cultural Heritage Conservation" are the first bilateral agreements signed between Asian countries under the framework of the Asian Initiative for Cultural Heritage Conservation, said the National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA).
China and the two Central Asian countries will work together on the preservation and restoration of historical monuments and cultural landmarks as well as the management and sustainable development of sites of the World Heritage List.
The agreements also aim to strengthen academic research, cultural exchanges and exhibitions of museum collections, personnel training and action against trafficking in cultural artifacts.
The statements were signed during a virtual event, which was attended by NCHA Director Li Qun, Acting Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Tahir Zohair and Joint Secretary of National Heritage and Culture Division in Pakistan Muhammad Murid Rahimoon.
"The documents are the latest achievements of bilateral cooperation among the three countries and show that the initiative has been put into action," said Li.
The NCHA also said that China will host the Conservation Dialogues of Asian Cultural Heritage in October in Beijing.