February 25, 2014
China will step up its preservation of cultural relics despite challenges ahead such as the shortage of talents and technology, an official with the country's top cultural agency said on Monday.
A 2005 investigation by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage found that more than 50 percent of museum-stored cultural relics show corrosion.
Around 2.3 million pieces are considered to be severely corroded, Li Xiaojie, deputy minister of culture and director of the administration, said at a news conference on Monday.
Between 2006 and 2010, the central government invested 250 million yuan ($41.2 million) into improving museum storage conditions. Li said environmental factors, such as proper temperature, humidity and lighting, are essential in protecting cultural relics.