Sunday, June 28, 1998 Published at 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
Clinton praises China's 'religious tolerance'
Sunday was a family day of sightseeing for the Clintons
President Clinton, continuing his visit to China, has praised what he called the increase in tolerance for religious believers there.
Mr Clinton did not mention the issue of freedom of religion during the service, but he and his Chinese counterpart, Jiang Zemin, agreed on Saturday to encourage religious understanding in both countries.
"We are a long way from home but we felt very much at home with you in this church," the president told some 2,000 people packed into the turn-of the-century church near Tiananmen Square.
There was a commotion in the church when security guards stopped an elderly woman who was walking towards Mr Clinton down an aisle.
Mr Clinton chatted to her after the service. "She just kept saying how happy she was that I was in the church," he said later.
Many in the congregation said they thought Mr Clinton's visit would provide a boost for China's Christians, who are only allowed to worship in officially-approved churches.
Day of sightseeing
The US leader, accompanied by the first lady, Hillary Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea, later visited well-known tourist locations in and near Beijing.
Then they rode a cable car up to the Great Wall of China, which the president said was now a symbol which China used to welcome visitors, rather then to keep them out.
The BBC correspondent says the trips are designed in part to demonstrate to the American public just how ancient Chinese culture is, and the importance of treating the country as an equal partner.
Feeling good about China's changes
Mr Clinton said he now felt quite good about changes in Chinese society, following Saturday's news conference with China's leader, Jiang Zemin.
Others, however, said he had criticised China too much. The official Chinese language media on Sunday did not refer to his comments on the issue.