ICE and CBP officials return artifacts to the People's Republic of China

11 Mar 2011 2:33 PM | Anonymous

ICE and CBP officials return artifacts to the People's Republic of China

ICE Press Release March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Kumar Kibble and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar repatriated a number of ancient Chinese artifacts seized as a result of operations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and CBP offices in New York and Anchorage and ICE HSI in Albuquerque.

Most of the objects being repatriated today were part of Operation Great Wall, an initiative targeting illicit importations originating from the People's Republic of China. Following the signing of a bi-lateral agreement between the United States and the People's Republic of China in 2009, both countries have been working together closely to prevent the illicit trafficking of archaeological objects.

"The items we are returning to the People's Republic of China today are delicate, but tangible, ancient works of art that are an important part of China's heritage," said Kibble. "While seizing, forfeiting and repatriating these treasures is indeed reason for celebration, our long-term goal is to reduce the incentive for further destruction of ancient tombs and temples, where so many of these objects are dug up or chiseled off and pilfered."

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