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    http://www.interfax-religion.com/print.php?act=news&id=10436 2013-05-13 10:24:00 Slogan friends forever, enemies never should become part of Russia-China
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      2013-05-13 10:24:00
      Slogan "friends forever, enemies never" should
      become part of Russia-China culture - Patriarch Kirill
      Beijing, May 13, Interfax - Genuine friendship is vital to the
      further development of relations between Russia and China, Patriarch Kirill of
      Moscow and All Russia said.

      "If the slogan "friends forever, enemies
      never" becomes a part of culture in Russia and China, we will be able to achieve
      our goals," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told journalists after a
      meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

      Friendship is a
      force that can "actually unite people because genuine friendship is always
      accompanied by security and an excellent framework for the development of
      cooperation," he said.

      The Russian Orthodox Church "sees making a real
      contribution to the strengthening of true friendship between the people as its
      duty," he said.

      The Chinese authorities seek to build a harmonious
      society in the country, where representatives of different faiths would make
      their own important contribution to this process, he said.

      Patriarch
      Kirill said he was hopeful that the dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church
      and China's State Administration for Religious Affairs would help gradually sort
      out current issues "with full respect toward the constitution and laws of
      China."

      The Russian patriarch also met with head of the China State
      Administration for Religious Affairs Wang Zuoan.

      "Sometimes, forces
      working against the state use the factor of religious diversity to create
      internal problems. That is why achieving harmony in these relations is a major
      state task, and its fulfillment should lead, on one hand, to religious freedom
      and, on the other hand, to continuous harmony in relations between
      representatives of different faiths," Patriarch Kirill said.


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