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A representative of the Russian Church takes part in a meeting of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development

On December 28, 2021, the 13th plenary session of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development took place in a videoconference format in Moscow, Beijing and Shenzhen. It was co-chaired by Russian Presidential Commissioner for the Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs B. Yu. Titov and deputy chairman of the Chinese Committee of the Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference Mr. Xia Baolong. 

The participants summed up the results of the work carried out and outlined a plan of cooperation for 2022 - the year when this representative forum of the two country’s people diplomacy will mark its 25th anniversary.

Among the speakers at the plenary session was the chairman of the Russian part of the Board for Interreligious Cooperation of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development, and a vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov.

Father Nikolay shared information about the current work of the Board uniting representatives of the four traditional religions in Russia - Orthodoxy, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism and the five major religions in China - Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestantism. The DECR vice-chairman spoke about the historic role of Russian missionaries in introducing Russia to China, the recent efforts to create conditions for introducing the Chinese public to the religious life of our country, in particular, the publication of the Chinese versions of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia’s books “In His Own Words” and “Think About the Future of Humanity” and other works expounding the special features of the Orthodox outlook. He also spoke about the contribution made by Russian Muslims and Judaists to fostering mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of Russia and China. He pointed to the importance of preserving cultural heritage monuments including Orthodox churches built by Russian emigres in China. Father Nikolay also touched upon issues involved in the forthcoming stay of the Russian Olympic team in China, including those conditioned by the religious needs of sportsmen.

The Chinese part of the Board was represented at the meeting by the deputy chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, Bishop Joseph Shen Bin of Haimen, who was confident that the religious leaders would continue their efforts to reveal the potential of religions in strengthening Russian-Chinese mutual understanding, good neighborliness and friendship.

 

DECR Communication Service

 

 

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