United States returns 38 cultural objects to China

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office handed over 38 cultural objects to a delegation from China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration during the Handover Ceremony for Repatriation of Chinese Cultural Objects that was held at the Chinese Consulate General in New York on Wednesday.

Returned Chinese cultural objects are seen at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States on April 17, 2024. /CFP

Returned Chinese cultural objects are seen at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States on April 17, 2024. /CFP

These precious cultural relics are considered treasures in China that reflect the country’s rich history and culture. The trend of repatriating artworks serves to help preserve a country’s cultural heritage. Officials from both sides agreed that the return of the objects will strengthen mutual respect and inject vitality to China-U.S. relations.

China’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism and head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration Li Qun (2nd R) and Matthew Bogdanos (2nd L), chief of the Antiquities Trafficking Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, sign documents at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States, on April 17, 2024. /CFP

China’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism and head of the National Cultural Heritage Administration Li Qun (2nd R) and Matthew Bogdanos (2nd L), chief of the Antiquities Trafficking Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, sign documents at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States, on April 17, 2024. /CFP

The two countries have been proactively cooperating in the tracing, recovery and return of stolen cultural relics. China and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at preventing the illegal importation of Chinese cultural artifacts into the United States in January 2009. Its validity has been extended for a third time, starting from January 14 this year. 

Staff members check the condition of returned Chinese cultural objects at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States, on April 17, 2024. /CFP

Staff members check the condition of returned Chinese cultural objects at a handover ceremony at the Chinese Consulate General in New York, the United States, on April 17, 2024. /CFP