China to build database of cultural relics

China plans a national database of cultural relics to protect the country's traditions, authorities said Wednesday.

The government will strengthen protection of cultural relics facing severe threats and prevent fire, theft and destruction, according to a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

The registration system of cultural relics will be improved and a database of resources established.

More museums will be opened to the public for free with the support of government finance. The development of private museums will be encouraged.

The government is also considering insurance products for cultural relics protection.

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