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US Returns Ancient Cultural Artifacts to China

By Terry

A dinosaur fossil believed to be about 120 million years old was on last Thursday returned to China by the US. This was returned along with other precious collections of ancient cultural artifacts, US customs officials disclosed.

"It's a great pleasure to welcome home these 22 Chinese artifacts and one fossil given back by the United States. These treasures are symbols of ancient China civilization and of mother nature," Ambassador Cui Tiankai announced during a small ceremony at the Chinese embassy.

The microraptor fossil was falsely said to be a "craft rock" and later as a "fossil replica" to hide its true contents when it was illegally imported to the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.

Among the artifacts ICE returned to the Chinese government were jade disks, bronze trays and other items dating back as far as 1600 BCE.

The fossil and treasures were expropriated in investigations that saw two people in the United States convicted and fined.

Since 2007, US authorities have repatriated more than 8,000 items to more than 30 countries.

"In returning these items today, ICE rights a great wrong for the people of China," said ICE deputy director Daniel Ragsdale.

"Fossils and treasures like these will always be targeted by bad actors, but we continue to investigate these crimes and repatriate them to their rightful owners."

This is indeed a noble act by the US and this is sure to improve international relations between both countries.

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