China offers to help Sri Lanka in search for Silk Route shipwrecks

Chinese authorities are seeking permission to explore Sri Lanka’s coastline for possible Chinese ship wrecks from the ancient Silk Route era, an official said Wednesday. … The unsolicited offer by Science Foundation of China to deploy experts to look for vessels along Sri Lanka’s coast was under consideration, Director General of Archaeology Senarath Disanayake told AFP. He said, however, that the Chinese had asked to keep half of all antiquities brought up from the ocean bed — a condition Sri Lanka could not agree to.

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