US and China renew import deal

02 Mar 2014 2:59 PM | Anonymous
US and China renew import deal
Controversial agreement aims to curb smuggling
A groundbreaking agreement between the Chinese and US governments on the import of cultural objects has been extended for another five years. It marks a continued shift in America’s policy, and coincides with a report suggesting that heritage objects worth millions of dollars are being smuggled into the US from China. But the deal has caused controversy among art professionals. Some claim that the original agreement only served to fuel Chinese business interests and dampen US trade. Others argue that looting has decreased and that international collaboration has improved.
     
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