When everyone heard that, they focused their eyes on Choe Hongseong. Many people present were nervous. They didn’t know if the appraiser brought by Koryo would favor his own side.
Choe Hongseong did not care about this and continued, “Mr. Kim Daegeun is the most famous diplomat of our country from more than 500 years ago. His calligraphy had a unique style.
“After my appraisal just now, this national letter and the receipt were both written by Mr. Kim Daegeun, and the seal is also the royal seal of Koryo.
“In addition to these two points, these two scrolls are antique. I’m sure that they are ancient objects from more than 500 years ago.
“Generally speaking, I think both this national letter and this receipt are authentic!”
“Ahem… Ahem… Ahem…Ahem…”
Liu Qigong coughed more violently this time. “These things were made by Qin Haodong in less than five minutes.”
However, he would not dare to tell his student these things in his whole life. Otherwise, Choe Hongseong’s belief in antiques would be completely changed.
After hearing this result, all the audience present cheered. They didn’t expect that Qin Haodong would really bring out the receipt for the Compendium of Materia Medica. Now they could take back the book!
Li Mintae’s face was full of disbelief. He said with a pale face, “Impossible, that’s impossible. Mr. Choe, did you make a mistake?”
Choe Hongseong’s face darkened, and he said in a cold voice, “Professor Li, you can deny it, and you can refuse to return the Compendium of Materia Medica. But you can’t insult my work, nor can you insult the conclusion of my appraisal.
“I can guarantee you with my identity as an appraiser that these two things are real. As for whether you will return the Compendium of Materia Medica or not, that’s your personal credit problem.”
Qin Haodong was overjoyed. This guy was really nice. Not only did he give the result he wanted, but he also gave himself an assistant. Now, under the watchful eyes of the public, it would be impossible for Li Mintae to go back on his word.
Su Hui’s expression was strange. In her opinion, Qin Haodong had solved this problem with a carrot.
“You can’t deny it. If you borrow something, you have to return it. Hurry up and return the Compendium of Materia Medica to us…”
“Your appraiser said that the receipt is genuine. Is there any reason for you not to return it?”
“Li, you don’t want to regret it in front of the whole world, do you?”
Li Mintae looked at the excited audience, looked at Alice next to him, and then looked at the camera above his head. Although he didn’t want to return it, he finally said with difficulty under pressure, “I have promised that I’ll return it to Huaxia.”
After that, he pushed the Compendium of Materia Medica to Qin Haodong reluctantly.
Qin Haodong took the ancient book and handed it to Liu Qigong. “Please hand it over to the country!”
Liu Qigong held the book and said excitedly, “Little Qin, I thank you on behalf of all the Huaxia people!”
He knew very well the value of the book. If it was sold at the auction, it would cost at least hundreds of millions or even billions. It was really precious that Qin Haodong could return such a precious thing to the country without hesitation.
“Great! The national treasure is coming back finally!”
“Good job! The Medical Sage is good…”
“The Compendium of Materia Medica belongs to Huaxia, and Li Shizhen is also a man of Huaxia…”
When Li Mintae saw that his family’s treasure that had been passed down for countless generations was taken away, his face was pale and he felt like his heart was bleeding.
Originally, he thought that it was a foolproof strategy, but he didn’t expect it to be easily crushed by the young man in front of him, and he even lost the Compendium of Materia Medica.
Qin Haodong looked at him and said with a smile, “Professor Li, since the book has been returned, this receipt is yours. You’d better keep it well. It’s an old object from five or six hundred years ago. If you take it out to be auctioned, it can be sold for a lot of money.”
Looking at the two scrolls in front of him, Li Mintae really felt bad in his heart.
He would never take these two things to auction because it showed that their medical skills were not as good as Huaxia’s in ancient times.
After the appraisal, Liu Qigong and Choe Hongseong stepped off the platform together. They sat in the seats with the audience, and the debate on the stage continued.
As the teacher and the person in charge of the team today, Su Hongbo was full of joy at this time. He was very proud.
Fortunately, he had the foresight to take the Medical Sage to this exchange. Otherwise, this big trouble would really have been difficult to resolve. Maybe he would have lost face in front of the whole world.
He looked at Li Mintae with a smile and said, “Professor Li, everything is clear now. The Compendium of Materia Medica belongs to Huaxia. What else do you want to say?”
Li Mintae had calmed down at this time. After all, the debate had just begun, and he had not taken out his other trump cards yet.
“Professor Su, it is just a book. It doesn’t mean anything else.”
Su Hongbo said, “Do you have any other evidence to prove that Chinese medicine comes from Koryo?”
“Of course!” Li Mintae said righteously, “No matter if it’s Chinese medicine or Koryo medicine, they all focus on acupuncture and medicine, which shows the importance of acupuncture skills.
“And now I can prove that acupuncture is from our country.”
Su Hongbo frowned. It was well-known that acupuncture was a part of Huaxia’s medicine skills. How could he prove it?
He said, “Professor Li, you can’t talk nonsense. What evidence do you have?”
“Of course there is evidence!” Li Mintae said to his men, “Bring it up.”
After receiving his order, several young people from Koryo Medicine College carried a heavy wooden box to the stage.
Everyone was very curious. This box looked so heavy. They didn’t know what was in it or what it had to do with acupuncture.
They put the box in the center of the stage and then removed the package outside, and a quaint bronze statue appeared.
Su Hongbo and Fang Helun suddenly stood up. Liu Qigong, who was below the stage, was also shocked and exclaimed, “This… this is the Acupuncture Bronze Statue!”
Li Mintae glanced at Su Hongbo and Qin Haodong and said proudly, “Yes, this is the Acupuncture Bronze Statue from our country. It’s about 500 to 600 years old now. It’s the crystallization of our Koryo’s medical skills and the best proof of our successful acupuncture.”
“Nonsense!” Fang Helun cried out. “Everyone knows that this acupuncture statue belongs to our Huaxia.
“In the Northern Song Dynasty, the emperor asked the imperial physician to build this bronze statue. Its height was similar to that of an ordinary adult, and the internal organs could be opened on both sides of its chest and back. There were acupuncture points on the surface of the bronze statue, and the names of the acupuncture points were carved beside the acupuncture points.
“At the same time, he used wax to seal these points off and poured water into it. For example, if the acupuncture point was accurately given, the water would flow out; if the place was not correct, the needle could not be inserted.
“There were also people who made the bronze acupuncture statue in the Ming Dynasty. It was the order of the emperor to imitate the Acupuncture Bronze Statue of the Northern Song Dynasty. However, due to the long years of war, these bronze statues were all lost. So far, they are still missing.
“Your bronze statue is from Huaxia. How could it be made by you?”
“Are you kidding me?” Li Mintae said, “This bronze statue was created by our Li family’s ancestor. It is a manifestation of our acupuncture. It has nothing to do with Huaxia.
“As far as I know, there are similar acupuncture bronze statues in your museum, but they are from hundreds of years later than this one. It’s just a legend that people were able to make acupuncture bronze statues in the Song Dynasty. Now there is no evidence at all. I guess that you learned the technology of making bronze statue from our Koryo.”
Qin Haodong laughed in his heart. Li Mintae was really simple-minded. He had one other method to demonstrate his statement. Couldn’t he change the way?
Su Hongbo said, “Don’t you feel ashamed? Don’t you see that the marks on the acupuncture points are ancient Huaxia characters?”
“So what? Our ancestor used those words for the sake of making it convenient for you people to learn.” Li Mintae laughed coldly. “Are you trying to say that we borrowed it from your country again? Then take out a receipt again!”
He originally wanted to make use of this opportunity to ridicule Su Hongbo in order to express his dissatisfaction. However, as soon as he finished speaking, he heard Qin Haodong say, “Yes! Yes! Yes!
“I saw the receipt for the Acupuncture Bronze Statue at Mr. Liu’s house just now, so I brought it here by the way. It’s now in my car. I’ll get it now.”
After that, he stood up and walked quickly to go outside.
Li Mintae was dumbfounded. He had just said that casually. He didn’t expect that Qin Haodong really had a receipt. How could it be possible?
“Are my ancestors crazy? They borrowed things from Huaxia, but why did they leave receipts for them?”
Choe Hongseong said to Liu Qigong, “Teacher, is what he said true? Do you have the receipt for the Acupuncture Bronze Statue in your house? Where did you get such a treasure worth a thousand pieces of gold?”
Liu Qigong was speechless. When he just came out, Qin Haodong brought his ink, paper, and inkstone, as well as the carved big carrot. Qin Haodong said that it might still be useful, but he didn’t expect that it would really work now.
He didn’t go to get it, but to make it in the car. Regardless of what Li Mintae wanted today, as long as it belonged to Huaxia, Qin Haodong could take out the receipt.
He smiled awkwardly and said, “It was an accidental opportunity, and I got it from a stall.”
Choe Hongseong sighed and said, “Huaxia is really rich in land and resources. You even can get such a good thing from a stall. There are not many cultural relics in my country, and the good things we can find are even rarer.”