Shanghai, July 20, 2004

Entertainment Establishments to be Removed from the Premises
of Orthodox Churches in Shanghai

Entertainment establishments are to be removed from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and from the Cathedral in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God "Surety of Sinners," which have been preserved in Shanghai, reports "Interfax." This was stated by the Ambassador of China to the Russian Federation Liu Gu Tsian at a meeting with the Head of the Department of External Communications of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. In the future, these buildings will serve a cultural purpose connected with the history of the Russian presence in China.

In this manner, the Chinese side has responded to the request previously voiced by Metropolitan Kirill. The Ambassador also assured Metropolitan Kirill that China is ready to help organize visits by Russian citizens to Russian military cemeteries in the PRC, including priests of the Russian Orthodox Church to serve memorial services for the fallen soldiers.

Li Gu Tsian expressed his readiness to continue to develop fruitful cooperation with the Russian Church into the future.