China of­fers to fund Ba­gan restora­tion con­fer­ence

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

CHINA is of­fer­ing to spon­sor a con­fer­ence of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts brought to Myan­mar to sur­vey and then dis­cuss Ba­gan renovation work.

The Chi­nese em­bassy sub­mit­ted a pro­posal for the dis­cus­sions to the De­part­ment of Ar­chae­ol­ogy, Na­tional Mu­seum and Li­brary in Ba­gan, ac­cord­ing to U Aung Aung Kyaw, the de­part­ment di­rec­tor.

“A group from China came in the past month to ob­serve the pago­das de­stroyed in the Au­gust earth­quake to see how they could lend a hand,” U Aung Aung Kyaw said. The de­part­ment sug­gested the del­e­ga­tion help fund in­ter­na­tional ar­chae­gol­o­gists to as­sist in the re­pair work and plan­ning.

“It would be bet­ter for the pago­das in Ba­gan in the long-term to have such an event that brings good ideas for their up­keep,” U Aung Aung Kyaw said.

The del­e­ga­tion ac­cepted the sug­ges­tion and plan to sub­mit a for­mal pro­posal to the state gov­ern­ment for per­mis­sion, he added.

“This is a mat­ter to be de­cided on by the state gov­ern­ment. If the state gov­ern­ment ac­cepts, then the event can be held as soon as the end of Oc­to­ber,” he said.

China’s offer as it was sub­mit­ted to the de­part­ment in­cluded spon­sor­ing not only the ex­penses of the meet­ing, but also the pro­vi­sion of funds, ma­chin­ery and tech­ni­cians needed to carry out the restora­tion pro­cesses de­ter­mined dur­ing the meet­ing.

Lo­cal res­i­dents were cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about the pro­posal.

“It is good that an­other coun­try wants to help re­store the dam­aged pago­das in our coun­try, but I hope it is not a give-and-take type of deal,” said U Soe Lin from Nyaung-U. “I will be glad if they are will­ing to do it with­out any ex­pec­ta­tions of get­ting some­thing in re­turn.” – Trans­la­tion by Emoon

and Win Thaw Tar

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