Stolen Mao Zedong calligraphy cut in half by unwitting buyer in Hong Kong

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  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “Stolen Mao Zedong calligraphy cut in half by unwitting buyer in Hong Kong” – below is their description.

    A calligraphy scroll made by Mao Zedong said to be worth HK$2.3 billion (US$297 million) was torn into two pieces after being resold for a few hundred Hong Kong dollars to a man who thought it was a counterfeit, Hong Kong police said on October 7, 2020. The scroll was allegedly stolen from the Hong Kong flat of a renowned collector along with coins and other calligraphy in what is believed to be the biggest heist in the city’s history. Support us:

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    Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

    Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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