Chinese Orthodox Church
English translation by Katherine Ilachinski
On December 21, 2010, at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beiwai), a
presentation was held of the monograph of famous Russian sinologist VG
Datsyshen “History of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in China”,
published by the parish of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Hong Kong.
The issue of monograph continues a series of recent publications devoted
to studying the history of relations between Russia and China, especially
in the field of spiritual and religious ties. The presentation was
attended by – professor VG Datsyshen and publisher of the book, Fr Dionisy
Pozdnyaev (Hong Kong).
The book details the history of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in
China, which launched a domestic Chinese Studies, and laid the foundation
of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church, as well as having a major
influence on the tradition of Russian-Chinese friendship.
This edition is dedicated to special date – 60th anniversary of
consecration of the first Chinese bishop, Bishop Simeon (Du).
Detailing the history of Beijing mission on the basis of rare and basic
research, and unique archival materials, the author of the monograph
offers the reader a continuous historical path of the mission – from its
foundation by Peter the Great to the close with the formation of the
Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church.
Preface to this edition tells the story about the actual problems of
Orthodoxy in the modern Chinese world, its prospects and current issues.
On December 22, a presentation of this edition was held by Russian Club in