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Patriarch Lauds ‘Special Relationship’ in China Visit

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130510/181069783/Patriarch-Lauds-Special-Relationship-in-China-Visit.html Russia Patriarch Lauds ‘Special Relationship’ in China
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2013

      Patriarch Lauds �Special Relationship� in China Visit

      � RIA Novosti. Sergei Piatakov
      13:54 10/05/2013

      BEIJING, May 10 (RIA Novosti) � The head of the Russian Orthodox Church,
      Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, has met with the Chinese
      President on the first day of his five-day visit to China.

      The Chinese President Xi Jinping has called the head of the Russian
      Orthodox Church�s visit to the country an indication of the good
      relations the two countries today enjoy.

      Patriarch Kirill�s five-day visit began on Friday and is set to include
      a series of meetings with high-ranking Chinese officials, including
      those responsible for religious affairs, and also members of the
      Orthodox community within China.

      �You are the first Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and the first
      high-ranking religious leader from Russia to visit our country. This is
      clear testimony to the high-level of Russian-Chinese relations,� Xi
      Jinping said at the meeting with Patriarch Kirill in Beijing.

      President Xi also said he was satisfied with the results of his visit to
      Moscow in March
      <http://en.rian.ru/trend/xi_jinping_visit_russia_march_2013/>, during
      which he and President Vladimir Putin discussed a possible visit by the
      Patriarch to China.

      Patriarch Kirill stressed that Russia greatly values the fact that
      President Xi chose the country as the destination for his first foreign
      trip, saying that this is �testimony to the special relationship between
      Russia and China which has developed in recent years.�

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