Русский | patriarchia.RU | November 23, 2007
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MFA of Russia highly appreciates the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russian-Chinese dialogue

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia noted the important role of the Moscow Patriarchate in vystraivanii dialogue with the institutions of the People's Republic of China.

"FM appreciates the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church to establish a serious dialogue with Chinese authorities. These efforts are an important component of Chinese foreign policy work towards, "said the first deputy department MFA Russia Yevgeny Tomihin.

He said that at the level of Heads of States have already decided on the preparation of the next Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation between Russia and China, and expressed the hope that it will reflect the themes of expanding the dialogue between the major faiths Russia and China.

Russia FM, in the words of its representative, also fully supports the idea of a working group of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations and the State Administration of Religious Affairs of the PRC in the future to hold joint conferences and seminars.

"Orthodoxy in China is precisely Russian roots, and not any other", "recalled E. Tomihin.

The representative of the Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church on vystraivaniyu relations with the PRC government agencies "will contribute to the solution of problems which in recent years has experienced albeit small, but still exists Orthodox followers in China", "Interfax reports."