Following an invitation from Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney and Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR) the representative of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Protopresbyter Dionisy Pozdnyaev, during January and February 2007 has visited Australia in order to get acquainted with the activities of the Russian-Chinese Orthodox Missionary Society in Australia that was formed by the Russian Church in Exile in 1999 with the aim of Spiritual enlightenment of the Chinese speaking population of the country.
In Sydney and Melbourne, Protopresbyter Dionisy Pozdnyaev has presented information on the present state of the Orthodox Church in China, as well as the problems and prospects of Chinese Orthodoxy. He has also acquainted the clergy and laity of the Diocese with the activities of the Orthodox Brotherhood of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong, presenting works of the latest editions of the Brotherhood printed in Chinese language. In addition, a meeting with the Orthodox Chinese living in Australia was organized by the clergy of the Australia and New Zealand diocese. In these meetings, Mitrophoric Protopriest Michael Li took part too, who was invited from Shanghai to Sydney by Archbishop Hilarion in 1999 for the purpose of maintaining spiritual care for the Orthodox Chinese.
During the course of the conversation with Archbishop Hilarion held on February 2, 2007, Protopresbyter Dionisy Pozdnyaev discussed on the possible prospects for cooperation in the light of the ensuing reunification of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia. Vladyka Hilarion handed to the Orthodox Brotherhood of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong an array of materials from the archive of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese of ROCOR.