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Museum summit starts

THE 22nd General Conference of the International Council of Museums began yesterday at the World Expo Center, the first high-level summit meeting to take place at the site since the Expo Shanghai 2010 ended last weekend.

More than 3,600 museum professionals, representing 122 countries, regions and international organizations, are attending the major event for the world museum community, which runs until Friday.

A China Red List will be announced during the six-day conference, which is aimed at drawing attention to and preventing looting and destruction of Chinese historical relics and cultural objects from temples and museums.

The list will include not only antiques but also modern art pieces.

"The conference provides museum professionals with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and reflect on this year's theme - Museums for Social Harmony," says Alissandra Cummins, President of the ICOM. "Under this theme, universality will be celebrated and the dialogue between different cultures will be encouraged."

The event will feature two open forums and a trade fair and it will also welcome former French President Jacques Chirac to make a key-note speech at the closing ceremony.


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