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China Demands Relics Returned, Reuters Gets Facts Wrong

February 23, 2009

China Demands Relics Returned

The above is a story from Reuters News about how China wants its ‘stolen’ relics back before they hit Christie’s auction block in Paris.  Does anyone else catch that Kitty Bu mistakenly identifies the palace as being destroyed in 1960 when it was actually destroyed in the Second Opium War of 1860?  I know China likes to rewrite its history but. . .

From Reuters:

Feb 23 – Two bronze sculptures from the Chinese Summer Palace are due to be auctioned in Paris later on Monday and China demands the return of the relics.
Saint Laurent’s former business partner is organising the biggest private auction of art seen in Paris for years, selling the collections.
Kitty Bu reports.

The best part of this report comes at the end when they mention that the Chinese government has officially asked for the objects back from Saint-Laurent’s business partner.  His response: He’s more than happy to return the objects to China, once the Chinese government returns the Tibetans their freedom.

Right on.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hong Zhou permalink
    February 23, 2009 5:11 pm

    Congratulations! If not for the keenness of your eyesight, serious disinformation would have spread from that typo to millions (of Americans who identify Eifel Tower as in London and for whom history is not, let’s say, their forte) about the date of the Anglo-Franco looting.

    One would have thought your sense of irony is no duller than your typo-catching eyes. Alas, Monsieur Berge, who tried to make a dig at the chinese on supposedly moral grounds relying on a couple of objects in his possession, which, without the perfectly immoral actions of his ancestors, would not have been his to begin with, this Monsieur Berge, with his statements, ironic and clownish unbeknownst to him, went right by you without either your irony- or your morality-sensor registering a thing.

    • thebram31 permalink*
      February 24, 2009 7:46 am

      I would actually argue that both Mr. Berge and myself are aware of the irony of his statement regarding the terms on which he would freely return the objects, suggesting one immorality could undo another. Hence I actually mentioned it in particular, whereas in the program it is shoved in at the very end.

      In all fairness: the history illiterate Americans don’t know where the Eiffel tower is, and I caught the typo with my typo-catching ears, since there is no text for this segment as far as I know.

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