Chinese want their masterpieces back – conference in #Milan about prevention of trafficking

Opium Wars, a landing place circa 1858 from Wikimedia commons in public domain as copyright has expired
Opium Wars, a landing place circa 1858 from Wikimedia commons in public domain as copyright has expired

A friend sent me the link to an article about a conference in Milan this week about the trafficking of cultural artifacts. I found it pretty interesting, so I have translated some excerpts from the article.

Here is my English translation of some excerpts from the article in IlSole24Ore: http://mobile.ilsole24ore.com/sole24orem/post/99?url=ABuqJLZ

The Chinese government wants its treasures back, in particular those masterpieces – more than a million and a half – that the British and French troops raided from the legendary summer Palace, the imperial residence in Beijing during the epoch of the so-called "Opium Wars", between 1840 and 1900; those thefts fueled the fire and the humiliation felt by a nation that has never forgotten and who now want these artifacts back with increasing determination, thanks to their growing economic power, both political and commercial. [ ] The trafficking of illicit masterpieces, whether real or fake, is becoming a huge boon for criminal organizations, and now ranks third after drugs and weapons. It is on precisely this topic that a seminar is being held Tuesday, October 29 in Milan at l’Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy, among others, the seat of the ISPAC, the UN agency in charge of programs aimed at the prevention of crimes and criminal trafficking and is one of the organizers of the event.

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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