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Japanese held as smuggling China's fossils home
Updated: 2004-11-21 08:42

A Japanese man has been detained after trying to fly to Tokyo from Beijing carrying dinosaur fossils designated as cultural assets by the Chinese government, a Japanese Embassy official said Friday.

The unidentified man was apprehended at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday on charges of trying to smuggle cultural assets.

After customs officials found him carrying 217 fossil pieces, including the skull of a small-sized bird dinosaur, the Beijing News reported Thursday.

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