Chinese President Xi Jinping has weighed in on a long-standing controversy by offering to help Greece retrieve the contested Parthenon Marbles from Britain.
The Parthenon Marbles on display at the British Museum. Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum
As Xi and Pavlopoulos toured the Acropolis Museum, the Greek president said, “The place for the Parthenon Marbles is here and not in the British Museum. Imagine this place with the Marbles, and (then) imagine how the Marbles are at this moment in the British Museumguar, which is holding them illegally and against every sense of culture.”
“I totally agree with you,” Xi replied.
Xi then pledged his support when Pavlopoulos asked the Chinese president for help in the “battle for the return of the Parthenon Marbles.”
“Not only will you have my support, we should work together,” Xi said. “Because we have a lot of our own relics abroad, and we are trying as much as we can so that we can to bring these items back to their home country as soon as possible.”
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In March, Italy announced it would return nearly 800 ancient pots and sculptures back to China. Credit: Italy’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities