The treasures comprises some 271,000 pieces including rubies, pearls, gold jewelery, Fatimid rock-crystal, Persian glassware and exquisite Chinese imperial porcelain dating back to the late 10th century.
The Indonesian Maritime and Fishery Ministry has held two auctions for the treasures, but no investors show up to pay the US$ 16 million deposit.
Recently, an official of the Ministry said that China is interested in the shipwreck treasures. AFP quoted him as saying :that the Chinese are very interested as this treasure is unique and there are no similar collections in any museums in China.
Considering the above report, I felt that the shipwreck treasures may be able to reveal more about our history, therefore it would be best if the government do not merely think of it as a commercial project.
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