Illicit export of works of art
Other Names: Smuggling of cultural artefacts
Illegal trade in art
Incidence: The smuggling of antiquities and art treasures out of China has become so common that officials, hoping to at least maximize national profit, have reverted to governmentally sanctioned art sales. In 1992, smugglers were arrested trying to remove 3,000 museum-quality items from 700 different sites in one Chinese province.
Problem Type: D: Detailed problems
Date of last update 28.04.2000 – 00:00 CEST