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Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

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Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

2024-06-14 00:09 Last Updated At:01:17

After a year-long underwater archaeological investigation, Chinese archeologists have identified the distribution range of two ancient shipwrecks discovered in 2022 in the South China Sea and unearthed cultural relics totaling 928 pieces, including pottery, porcelain, and timber, China's National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA) said on Thursday.

The NCHA held a work meeting on the significant progress of the Archaeology China Program in Qionghai City of south China's Hainan Province on Thursday, reporting the latest achievements of two ancient shipwrecks.

In October 2022, two ancient shipwrecks were discovered at an underwater depth of about 1,500 meters near the northwest continental slope of the South China Sea. The sites are an important witness of trade and cultural exchanges along the ancient Maritime Silk Road.

From May 2023 to June 2024, the National Archaeological Research Center under the NCHA, the Institute of Deep-sea Science and Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the China (Hainan) Museum of the South China Sea jointly conducted an underwater archaeological investigation of two ancient shipwrecks through three stages.

It has now been confirmed that the No.1 shipwreck contains more than 100,000 pieces of artifacts dating back to the reign of Emperor Zhengde of the Ming Dynasty (1506-1521). The No. 2 shipwreck mainly contains a large number of wood logs. It dates back to the reign of Emperor Hongzhi of the Ming Dynasty (1488-1505).

Song Jianzhong, a researcher at the National Archaeological Research Center under the NCHA, stressed that previously unseen artifact types were uncovered at the shipwreck site.

"More importantly, we have found a reign mark on the Honglyucai (Red and Green Color) bowl, indicating that it originated from the Bingyin year, which corresponds to the first year of the reign of Emperor Zhengde in 1506. This completely confirms our previous speculation that the No.1 shipwreck belongs to the Zhengde period. This is the most important finding of our third phase," he said.

Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

Treasure trove of relics retrieved from ancient shipwrecks in South China Sea

China, under the Global Security Initiative (GSI) proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, has made remarkable progress in global security cooperation with other countries and international organizations, playing a pivotal role in maintaining world peace and tranquility, said officials in Beijing on Thursday.

China on Thursday issued the first progress report on the implementation of the Global Security Initiative, presenting Chinese solutions for solving security challenges facing humanity.

On the same day, the Global Security Initiative Research Center was established in Beijing.

The Global Security Initiative has garnered support and appreciation from over 100 countries and international and regional organizations. The initiative and its core concepts have been written into more than 90 bilateral and multilateral documents on exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries and international organizations.

In April 2022, President Xi Jinping put forward the Global Security Initiative. Upholding the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, China has worked with the international community to comprehensively implement the initiative, injecting strong impetus into world peace and tranquility.

"Together with the Global Development and Civilization Initiatives, the GSI forms a composite whole, providing a comprehensive blueprint for the promotion of international peace, security and stability," said Pakistani Ambassador to China Khalil Hashmi at the launching ceremony of both the center and the report.

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Chen Xiaodong highlighted the Global Security Initiative's success in uniting international efforts to seek common security.

Chen noted that the initiative represents a beacon of hope for political resolutions to hot-spot issues, strengthens international synergy for enhancing security governance, and establishes a platform for promoting international security exchange and cooperation.

"In the face of multiple traditional and non-traditional security risks and challenges, China, driven by its initiatives, conducts extensive security cooperation with various parties in the fields including peacekeeping, counterterrorism, climate change, disaster prevention and reduction, digital governance, and combating transnational crime. They have made steady progress and accumulated achievements in cooperation, thus bringing tangible benefits to people worldwide and playing a crucial role in maintaining world peace and tranquility," Chen said.

Chen emphasized China's commitment to working with all parties in advancing global security cooperation. This entails taking concrete actions across 20 key cooperation areas, including supporting the role of the United Nations, non-proliferation, information security, artificial intelligence, and combating transnational crime.

China achieves significant progress in global security cooperation for world peace, tranquility

China achieves significant progress in global security cooperation for world peace, tranquility

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