CBI member British Airways announced that it flew the Magna Carta to China for its 800th anniversary global tour, marking the first time that the invaluable artefact arrived in China.
The Magna Carta is an ancient and internationally celebrated legal text, an original charter from Hereford Cathedral. It will be in China for two weeks, appearing at exhibitions and special events across the country. An internationally celebrated legal text, Hereford Cathedral’s 1217 charter—one of only four extant examples of the original—will be on public display in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.
An exhibition featuring a reproduction of Magna Carta will also take place in Chongqing. Part of the GREAT campaign, the stops in China form part of the 800th anniversary global tour of the Magna Carta and the only surviving version of the King’s Writ, signed in 1215, from Runnymede.
As the global airline partner of the Magna Carta 800 tour, British Airways is helping to fly the artefact through seven countries, across three continents, travelling a total of 65,000 miles. The tour will provide the first ever opportunity for thousands of members of the public to see the document up close.
Special events will also bring together British and Chinese historians and experts to discuss the modern day significance of the Magna Carta as an internationally recognised symbol of the rule of law and its impact on common law systems across the world.
Richard Tams, British Airways’ Executive Vice President in China, said, “It is such a huge honour for British Airways to be involved in this historic milestone. Culture and heritage is very important in China, and we welcome the Magna Carta and encourage people to visit one of the many displays hosting it.”
The British Ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward, said, “Recognised as one of the most important documents as the foundation for the rule of law in modern society, we are delighted to bring the Magna Carta to China for the very first time.
I would like to take this chance to invite our friends across China to visit this important piece of our cultural heritage during this Golden year of U.K.-China relations and for it to spark further cooperation on rule of law and legal services.”