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Taiwan, Japan sign contract for exhibits in Japan.

TAIPEI, Oct. 16 Kyodo

Taiwan and Japan signed a contract in Taipei on Wednesday to allow exhibits in Japan of ancient Chinese artifacts from Taiwan's National Palace Museum next year.

Feng Ming-chu, director of Taiwan's National Palace Museum, Masami Zeniya, executive director of the Tokyo National Museum, and Karoku Miwa, director of the Kyushu National Museum inked the deal at National Palace Museum in the presence of Lee Chia-chin, chairman of the Association of East Asian Relations, and Japan's representative to Taiwan Sumio Tarui.

More than 200 Chinese artifacts will be selected for the exhibitions, which will be held next year at the Tokyo National Museum for 12 weeks from June to September and for eight weeks at the Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, from October to November.

Among them are a century-old jadeite carved into the shape of a cabbage and the meat-shaped stone, two of the National Palace Museum's "Three Treasures."

However, the jadeite cabbage will be exhibited only at the Tokyo National Museum and the meat-shaped stone only at the Kyushu National Museum, each for two weeks.

A calligraphic text of Jin Dynasty calligrapher Wang Xizi (303-361), who is regarded by many as the godfather of Chinese calligraphy, will also be on display at the Kyushu National Museum.

In return, the Tokyo National Museum and Kyushu National Museum will lend 150 of their best artifacts and artwork, including 68 National Treasures, for an exhibition in Taiwan from October 2016 to January 2017.

Lee described the upcoming exhibits as "the largest ever" in terms of scale.

Over the past 20 years, the artifacts of the National Palace Museum have only been exhibited in four other countries -- the United States, France, Germany and Austria -- all of which enacted laws before the exhibit to guarantee the artifacts' safe return to Taiwan.

In March 2011, Japan also passed a law that addressed Taiwan's concern that China could seek to have the artifacts and artwork impounded without such a law.

The National Palace Museum in Taipei houses a large collection of Chinese antiquities collected by various Chinese emperors over a millennium.

China says the treasures housed in the National Palace Museum belong to Beijing as it views Taiwan as part of its territory.

The Nationalist Party (KMT) took more than 650,000 art objects to Taiwan after losing the Chinese civil war to the Communists in 1949.
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