New York Times Charts Aggressive Chinese Efforts to Reclaim Art and Artifacts

June 23rd, 2015

The New York Times notes the increasing popularity of Chinese art on the secondary market, as the Chinese Communist Party increases its efforts to secure and repatriate works that have been looted, taken or sold away from the state in past centuries to the west, including, in some cases, thefts from national museums that target works looted from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace during  its century raid by British and French troops in the mid 19th century.  “They knew very well what they were after,” said Jean-François Hebert, president of the Château de Fontainebleau, where a number of iconic Chinese gold and bronze works were stolen in 2012.Read more at New York Times