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Taiwan, Australia sign MOU on cultural heritage cooperation

Taiwan, Australia sign MOU on cultural heritage cooperation

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Taiwan and Australia signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday that commits the two countries to work together on cultural initiatives such as preserving underwater cultural assets and restoring their cultural heritage. Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi (???) said the Bureau of Cultural Heritage signed the MOU with AusHeritage, a network of cultural heritage management organizations established by the Australian government in 1996, to more closely align Taiwan with the international community. AusHeritage has helped Taiwan preserve its cultural heritage for more than two decades, starting in late 1994 when Australian architect Bruce Pettman helped the Dalongdong Baoan Temple (??????) in Taipei combat dampness and restore its frescos. In 2002, it helped the ministry select potential cultural heritage sites, and, in 2011, it took part in Kinmen's preparations for applying to become a world heritage site and assisted with related forums and workshops. AusHeritage Chairman Vinod Daniel said the signing of the MOU Monday formalizes the long-term collaboration between his organization and Taiwan, and is a step further in expanding bilateral cooperation, including on underwater archeology. "I can see this being a full-on collaboration between the two countries," he said. Daniel added that an action plan will be put together over the next six months for projects such as one involving the "Shui-Chin-Jiou" (???) mine site -- which comprises the Shuinandong (???) copper mine, Chinguashi (???) gold mine and Jioufen (??) coal mine areas. Cultural Heritage Bureau Director-General Shih Kuo-lung (???) said Ausheritage Vice Chairman Ian Cook will come to Taiwan in June and visit the site. "We hope to draw on their experience to help us push for the inclusion of Shui-Chin-Jiou as a world heritage site," Shih said. The bureau also plans to invite Australian experts to Taiwan for an international conference on underwater archeology this summer and explore the underwater environment on Green Island, he said. (By Sabine Cheng, Lilian Wu and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-26 03:53 GMT+08:00