An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum
An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum

With an eye to national identity, Beijing vows to stem loss of cultural treasures

State agency pledges harsher punishment for theft or destruction of relics

An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum
An ox head originally part of a series of 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac from the Qing dynasty hey looted over a century ago from the Summer Palace but eventually returned to China. Photo: Dustin Shum
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