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Submitted by Ronald Ng (Singapore), Dec 29, 2011 at 20:30

I agree with you absolutely. I visited the National Museum at Taipei once and was stunned by the collection of arts on displayed there, and while there, I had exactly the same thoughts as you, had those pieces of art remained in China, the vandalism wrought by the Red Guards would have destroyed them. On a similar vein, had the various treasures from the Summer Palace looted by the British and on display now at the Victoria and Albert Museum remained in Peking, they too would have been destroyed. It was from such thoughts that the idea came to me that instead of returning those "looted" pieces of art work to their original countries, as a recompense, the "looter" countries could or should give as a gift some of their own great work of art to the "looted" countries.

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