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Forbidden City Museum Responds to Reports of Scandal

In a recent interview with Beijing News, the Chief of the Forbidden City Museum offered acknowledgements and apologies regarding widely reported scandals. In the past three months, the national museum was reportedly involved in at least ten scandals. The scandals were mainly about stolen treasures that had been on display, the incorrect use of words as an academic authority, secretly using part of the Palace as a private club, breaking several historic relics, lying about wrongdoings, bribing informants, selling museum-owned collections for profit, the loss of hundreds of historic books, and tax evasion. The Museum promised that it will continue to investigate some of these issues internally and will plug some of the holes discovered. The Museum is cooperating with the police department on some leads and legal investigations.

Source: Beijing News, August 20, 2011