361 Chinese cultural relics lost to the United States will return to their home country.
The National Cultural Heritage Administration and the FBI signed agreement for repatriation of the cultural relics on Thursday (local time) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
It is the third and so far the biggest-scale return of lost cultural relics from the United States to China since 2009, when the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on restriction of import Chinese cultural relics into the US.
The fine art artifacts from China were discovered and seized by the FBI in 2014, and the National Cultural Heritage Administration has actively organized expert panels to evaluate the cultural relics, and demanded their repatriation according to international laws.
All the artifacts were agreed to be returned to China after joint coordination by the US State Department of State, the FBI, the National Cultural Heritage Administration of China, Chinese embassy in the US, and other sides.
According to a statement of the Chinese administration, this event marks a big gift to 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and the US. And further cooperation between the two countries was also expected to prevent and fight against theft and illicit trade of cultural relics.
In recent years, the National Cultural Heritage Administration has contributed to returning of about 4,000 lost Chinese cultural relics to their home country on about 30 occasions.