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Cultural material in China

From: Philippe Horovitz <<-a>
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2005
The following will be published in Orientations March 2005.

    Protection or Restriction: America's Role in Safeguarding
    China's Cultural Property

    Regardless of what CPAC's recommendations are, if adopted they
    will have wide-ranging consequences on the global market for
    Chinese art. For while the international convention subscribes
    to the all-embracing ideals of humanism in spirit, its
    application through the workings of national law has in practice
    often resulted in anomalous consequences that impinge on
    individual rights of ownership and the operation of a free
    market. Kate Fitz Gibbon provides the background to the
    development of US policy in this area. James Cuno explains why
    the Chinese request is inappropriate. And Daniel Shapiro, a
    lawyer with a New York practice specializing in art and cultural
    property law, allows Orientations to reproduce a letter he wrote
    to CPAC before the February meeting, when the committee had
    invited written representations to be made by interested

    Articles by Kate Fitz Gibbon and James Cuno are published at
    <URL:>. Kate Fitz
    Gibbon is a specialist on cultural property issues and Central
    Asian art. James Cuno is President and Director of The Art
    Institute of Chicago.

    The commentaries featured are part of our continuing endeavour
    to cover various issues or controversies within the field of
    art. Our intention is to create a forum for discussion. Opinions
    expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily
    shared by the publisher or editors. We invite interested
    contributors to submit commentaries of approximately 1,500 words
    for possible inclusion in future issues.

    <URL:> provides a
    complete text of the Chinese request. Interested parties should
    review (<URL:>
    for the comment procedure. Any comments whether oral or written
    should be submitted by 4 February, 2005 for review by members of
    CPAC. This citation for the determinations can be found at the
    web site noted above. Five pages or less can be Faxed; five
    pages or more must be sent by courier (20 copies) to:

        Cultural Heritage Center
        United States Department of State
        301 4th St. SW, Room 334
        Washington DC 20547
        Telephone: 202-619-6612
        Fax: 202-260-4893
        culprop<-a t->state< . >gov

Philippe Horovitz
Orientations Paris
14 rue d'Uzes - 75002 Paris
+33 1 4013 1611
Fax: +33 1 4013 1619

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