Tito and Stalin had a falling out and in 1948 Tito more or less told Stalin to go forth and multiply. In fact, Stalin’s post-war USSR wasn’t too socialist to begin with - it was downright despotic and tyrannical, a proper Evil Empire. At about the same time the Red Scare was in full swing, the US decided to send loads of military aid to Yugoslavia, which turned communist after it was liberated by Tito’s Partisans in WWII (which luckily meant most of it was not “liberated” by the Red Army).However, it was not until two Japanese dealers were stopped at customs at Vietnam’s Da Nang Airport and found to have undeclared antique pottery in their luggage, leading to their arrest for smuggling illicit antiquities, that serious notice was taken by the authorities.
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In 1997, following the arrest in Vietnam of two Japanese dealers attempting to illegally export antique ceramics, a license was granted by the Vietnamese government to a commercial salvage company to excavate the Hoi An (Cu Lao Cham) shipwreck.
The subsequent auction of finds from the wreck was largely unsuccessful.
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