On July 4 as part of the World Summit of Religious Leaders Patriarch ALEXY met
with the Chinese delegation composed of the Head of the State Bureau of
Religious Affairs affiliated to the government of the People’s Republic of
China, Ye Xiaowen, the president of the Chinese Islamic Association, Chen
Guangyuan, the deputy chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association,
the bishop of Kunming Ma Yinlin.
The Head of the Russian Orthodox Church warmly greeted the Chinese guests. In
the course of the ensuing conversation the importance of the development of
links between the traditional religious organizations of Russia and China was
stressed. His Holiness, the Patriarch, underlined that the desire for this sort
of cooperation was already mentioned in the document approved by the state
leaders of the two countries in 2004, during the visit of the President of the
Russian Federation in China.
From his part Ye Xiaowen highly appreciated the religious forum held in Russia,
stressing the role of the believers in the harmonious wellbeing of the world.
What is especially important, as stated by the chairman of the State Bureau of
Religious Affairs, is that the results of the work of this significant
inter-religious forum will be presented before the leaders of G-8 thus bringing
to them the voice of the world religious community.
His Holiness, the Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia ALEXY, discussed on wide
array of questions including those connected with the status of Orthodox
faithful and the Orthodox Church in China.
It was also mentioned that some issues discussed during the consultations
between the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Chinese state
organs are being successfully resolved in the present moment. Among them is the
question about the construction of the Holy Dormition church at the premises of
the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Beijing, the prospects for the
newly built Orthodox church in the town of Erguna as well as other issues.
The participants in the meeting expressed their intention for continuation of
the dialog aimed at the satisfactory resolution of the other discussed questions
In the meeting, the chairman of the Division for External Church Relations of
the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad KYRILL, and
the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the People’s Republic of
China in the Russian Federation, Liu Guchang, also took part.