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The New Acropolis Museum in Beijing

(ATHENS NEW AGENCY) Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis addressing the inauguration of the exhibition on the New Acropolis Museum at the Greek Home in Beijing on Tuesday. The exhibition offers rich audiovisual material regarding the new museum’s planning and construction. A replica of the Parthenon’s Western Frieze is also on display (Photo ANA-MPA). Greece, China sign cooperation memorandum on cracking down on antiquities smuggling Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis held a meeting in Beijing with Chinese Deputy Culture Minister and President of the Cultural Heritage Protection Authority Jixiang Shan on Tuesday, while a cooperation memorandum was signed between the two countries during the meeting on cracking down on antiquities smuggling.Following a proposal made by Liapis, it was agreed that a wider initiative must be assumed between countries harmed by antiquities smuggling on the claiming and returning of cultural goods exported illegally.A bilateral committee of experts will be set up immediately for this purpose, that will consider specific proposals on the implementation of this policy.The Chinese deputy minister requested from Greece cooperation on safeguarding cultural heritage, the preservation of antiquities, the utilisation of Greek expertise for the creation of the necessary legislative framework for confronting antiquities smuggling, the training of archaeologists and cooperation by Greek archaeologists in Chinese excavations.Liapis accepted the requests and agreed to their implementation in the framework of cooperation between the two ministries that is upgraded now.Chinese Culture Minister Jiazhen Sun hosted a working luncheon for his Greek counterpart at noon.Liapis then inaugurated the exhibition on the New Acropolis Museum at the Greek Home in Beijing, where rich audiovisual material is being displayed regarding the new museum’s planning and construction. A replica of the Parthenon’s Western Frieze is also on display.  

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