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Thieves steal antiques

THIEVES stole millions of yuan worth of antiques and thread-bound books from the former residence of late scholar Ji Xianlin at Peking University in Beijing, a professor said on Saturday.

Ji's former room at Langrun Garden on the university campus was found cleaned out on Wednesday, said Qian Wenzhong, a history professor at Shanghai's Fudan University.

Ji's son found the balcony window had been smashed when he went to the room on Wednesday morning, according to Qian, who was tutored by Ji.

Many precious items had been stolen, Qian wrote in his blog.

"The stolen items included thousands of thread-bound books and dozens of Buddhist status," Qian wrote. "But a list of everything in the room had been made by Ji's son and Peking University."

According to photos of the scene uploaded by Qian, the room had been ransacked. The glass bookcase doors had all been smashed and nothing remained inside.

Ji died on July 11 at the age of 98 in Beijing.

A native of eastern China's Shandong Province, Ji was an oriental studies professor at Peking University from 1946 to 1983. He was fluent in 12 foreign languages.


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