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