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China to spend 390m yuan protecting war relics

Updated: Apr 30,2015 8:54 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China plans to allocate about 390 million yuan ($63.8 million) to protect war relics as the country prepares for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Li Xiaojie, head of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, made the announcement at a conference on April 30.

Surveys and repairs of such relics have been under way since 2014, including cultural objects from the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945), museums and memorial halls dedicated to the war.

Initial effect has been seen an increase of more than 40 state-level heritage sites, Li said, adding that only 42 percent of war relics are well preserved.