China pays rich tributes to Dr Kotnis` wife
Beijing: China on Friday paid rich tributes to wife of legendary physician Dwarkanath Kotnis, Guo Qinglan, saying she spent her life promoting Sino-India ties.
96-year-old Guo, a Chinese woman who married Kotnis in November 1941, died yesterday in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China`s Liaoning province.
Expressing condolences, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, told media briefing here that Guo spent her whole life promoting exchanges and cooperation between China and India.
Dr Kotnis, came to China in 1938 along with an Indian medical team to render medical assistance when China fought against the Japanese invasion.
He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942 and died the same year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Kotnis sacrificed his youth and life for China`s national salvation, Hong said, adding "we will always remember their (Guo and Kotnis`s) important contributions".
His medical assistance during the difficult days of Chinese revolution were deeply praised by Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
Dr Kotnis, who hailed from Sholapur in Maharashtra died of epilepsy in China at the age of 32 years. His statues were also unveiled in some of the Chinese cities in recognition to his services.
Guo, herself a nurse, hailing from China`s Shanxi province married Dr Kotnis in 1941 a year before his death in China.
She has been an honoured guest at many high-level diplomatic functions between China and India. She was a regular invitee at the Indian Embassy functions in China.
Though she got married again later, she retained her name as Guo Qinglan Kotnis.
India and China have instituted a joint medical mission in his honour. Recently eight Indian doctors visited China under special bilateral programme to study rural medicare here.
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