October 23, 2009 11:22
China may be close to registering the ruins of Sangyeong-seong, the largest of the capitals of Korea's Balhae Kingdom, on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
According to a legislator on the Korean National Assembly's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee, Beijing is pushing ahead with efforts to gain UNESCO recognition for the Balhae excavation site within this year. The Balhae Kingdom existed from the seventh to the 10th century.
China is reportedly publishing a book on the ruins of Sanggyeong-seong and is also touching up restoration work at the site.
Experts in Korea have been calling attention to the need for ways to stop China from laying claim to Korea's ancient history.
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