[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[June 28, 1998]
[Pages 1079-1080]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Remarks at Chongwenmen Church in Beijing
June 28, 1998

    Thank you, Reverend Wu, Reverend Siu, Reverend Yin. Ladies and 
gentlemen, thank you for making me and my family and our party of 
Americans feel so welcome in your church today. We are a long way from 
home, but we felt very much at home with you here in this church.
    We celebrate with you the growth of the practice of our faith in 
China, and we rejoice to hear Reverend Siu cite 
the numbers of churches and other places of worship where people are 
practicing their faith today.
    The sermon today was on the unity of the church and our unity with 
God in the church. I would like to add only one point: I believe our 
faith calls upon us to seek unity with people across the world of 
different races and backgrounds and creeds. In the Book of Acts, the 
26th verse, it is said that God has made from one blood every nation to 
dwell on the surface

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of the Earth. I believe that is true. Therefore, I believe that Chinese 
and Americans are brothers and sisters as children of God. We come here 
in that spirit today, grateful for your welcome.

Note: The President spoke at 10:31 a.m. In his remarks, he referred to 
Rev. Wu Wei and Rev. Siu Zeshing, principal ministers, and Rev. Yin 
Hongtao, minister trainee, Chongwenmen Church. A tape was not available 
for verification of the content of these remarks.