China mourns death of Indian doctor’s wife

June 29th, 2012 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 29 (IANS) China Friday expressed condolences over the death of Indian doctor Dwarkanath Kotnis’s Chinese wife Guo Qinglan.

Guo, a Chinese woman who married Kotnis in November 1941, died Thursday at the age of 96 in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China’s Liaoning province, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said Guo spent her whole life promoting exchanges and cooperation between China and India.

Kotnis joined an Indian medical team and came to China in 1938 to help China fight against Japanese invasion. He joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1942 and died the same year.

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”.

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