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China to lend Taiwan historic artefacts: Museum director

Published on Jan 20, 2013 5:50 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - China has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan's top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.

Ms Feng Ming-chu, director of Taipei's National Palace Museum, will fly to Beijing on Monday, the first such trip since 2009 when the chiefs of the museum and of Beijing's Palace Museum made landmark exchange visits.

Ms Feng will meet her Chinese counterpart Shan Jixiang to discuss the loan of more than 30 artifacts from the museum, also known as the Forbidden City, for the exhibition in Taipei in October.

"The Palace Museum in Beijing has agreed to our proposal for loaning artifacts," she told AFP.

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