BBC story on China demanding overseas museums return their ill-gotten loot.
[quote] China has demanded the return of cultural relics housed in overseas museums [snip]
It is estimated that about a million Chinese treasures are kept in more than 200 museums in 47 countries.
China claims the offending museums have breached a pact by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Xinhua news agency said. A 1970 UNESCO convention calls for the return of antiquities and works of art to their countries of origin. But it does not apply to artefacts or objects taken to other countries before 1970.
Among the museums that refused China’s request were the Louvre in Paris, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Prado in Madrid.
Why doesn’t Taiwan start the ball rolling, give them the jade cabbage and all? It seems this is just the sort of goodwill gesture to appeal to Pres. Chen.
Would China accept it? Pros and cons?