Kotnis chosen among top 10 foreign friends of China in past 100 years


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Aug 18, 2009
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BEIJING: Dwarkanath Kotnis, the Indian doctor who treated Chinese soldiers during the Sino-Japan war of 1938 and won the heart of Mao Zedong has been chosen in national poll in China as one of the top ten foreigners who made “exceptional contributions to the country in the past 100 years."

The Internet poll organized by the China Radio International has the stamp of official approval as Jia Qinglin, chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee, took a direct interest in it.

"China cannot develop without the support of foreign friends from various countries, neither can the world proper in the absence of China," Jia was quoted as saying in the official media after the results of the poll was announced.

CRI recently feted two sisters of Kotnis, Vatsala (82) and Manorama Kotnis (88), who came from Mumbai to celebrate their brother’s memory. The official radio also feted relatives of nine others, who have been chosen in the Internet poll.

Kotnis died at an early age of 32 after spending four years in China. On his death, Mao Zedong said: "The army has lost a helping hand, the nation has lost a friend. Let us always bear in mind his internationalist spirit.."

Kotnis chosen among top 10 foreign friends of China in past 100 years - China - World - The Times of India

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