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UNESCO official says China making big progress in heritage protection

UNESCO official says China making big progress in heritage protection
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-08/01/c_13424850.htm
English.news.cn 2010-08-01 15:03:35

PARIS, July 31 (Xinhua) — China is one of those countries making big progress in heritage protection while world heritage application helps China to do better, a senior UNESCO official said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Jing Feng, director of the Asia-Pacific regional department in the World Heritage Committee of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said China had sped up efforts in heritage protection during the process of world heritage application.

The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee decided on Saturday, at its 34th meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, to add the historic monuments of Dengfeng in central China’s Henan province to the World Cultural Heritage List.

With the newly-included monuments in Dengfeng, China now has 39 properties inscribed on the list.

Jing is a witness of the world heritage application spree during his career in heritage protection and management for over two decades.

Although economic interest is a major concern of many countries in heritage application, there are countries which do consider it as a kind of self-identity of their own cultures, Jing pointed out, saying China is one of those countries making big progress in heritage protection.

China became a member of the World Heritage Convention in 1985. The Convention has not only improved the amendment of China’s Law of Antiquity Protection but also helped China in framing China Principal in the protection of cultural relics.

Jing said marked improvement could be seen in both heritage protection policies and public awareness of this protection in China. For example, China has started celebrating its Cultural Relics Day since 2006.

“Successful application is the first step of the long march. The ultimate purpose of the Convention is to better protect those heritages on the World Heritage List and pass them to our offsprings without damage,” Jing stressed.

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