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Fujian to protect Taiwan-related cultural relics

Fujian will pay more attention to protecting cultural relics related to Taiwan and encourage Taiwanese compatriots to invest and construct a common spiritual home for cross-strait citizens, according to the "Fujian Culture Relics Protection and Management Regulation".

The new regulation was approved by the Fujian Standing Committee of the NPC tenth session of the eleven conference August 2.

The regulation encourages cities and counties to establish special museums and/or memorial halls where possible related to Taiwan, or display Taiwanese cultural relics in museum exhibition areas. Donations of Taiwan-related cultural relics and investment in museum construction by Taiwanese compatriots are also welcomed. One of these museums, China's largest Min Tai Yuan museum, where many Taiwan-related cultural relics are preserved, was established in Quanzhou.

Governments above county levels are now required to strengthen the protection of cultural relics related to Taiwan, seek and display the historical and cultural connotations of these relics and promote cross-strait exchange and cooperation, according to the new regulation.

Villages, towns and city blocks which greatly display cross-strait history relations can apply for famous historical and cultural town status. Construction, reconstruction and expansion of regular buildings and buildings with traditional features should be styled relating to Taiwan and reflect historical relations with Taiwan.

Over 1,000 cultural relics related to Taiwan have been registered in Fujian so far, including 30 listed in key historical sites under state protection. These relics, reflecting the exchange on policy, economy and culture between the mainland and Taiwan, have very high historical, artistic and scientific values.

In order to better protect and make use of Taiwan-related cultural relics, Fujian has also revised certain acts and programs.

(China Daily August 5, 2009)