Import ban on Chinese art creates an uneven playing field

02 Mar 2014 3:04 PM | Anonymous
Import ban on Chinese art creates an uneven playing field
Until China holds up its end of the agreement, trade restrictions will unfairly harm US museums, collectors and art dealers

On 13 January, the US renewed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China banning the importation of ancient art from China into the US. At a closed-door meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a handpicked group dominated by anti-trade attorneys and archaeologists listened briefly to public input, then worked in secrecy to approve an import ban covering virtually all archaeological materials from the Peoples Republic of China, dating from the Paleolithic Period through the end of the Tang Period. It also covers more recent monumental sculpture, minor objects and Chinese coins. The secret committee process has been called by a former committee chairman, Jay Kislak, “absolutely, completely un-American”.

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