|Qin Gang Meets with Relatives of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis and Representatives of Chinese and Indian Young People|
On May 4, 2023 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with relatives of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis and representatives of China-India friendship organizations and Chinese and Indian young people in Goa, India.
Qin Gang and relatives of Dr. Kotnis visited the photo exhibition of Dr. Kotnis' life. Qin Gang said that Dr. Kotnis, a great friend of the Chinese people and an outstanding fighter in the anti-fascist war, devoted his precious youth and life to the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression. The spirit of Dr. Kotnis is a humanitarian one of saving lives, a heroic one of daring to struggle and not being afraid of sacrifice, and an internationalist one of advocating peace, friendship and a shared future.
Qin Gang pointed out the need to inherit and carry forward the spirit of Dr. Kotnis, firmly safeguard peace and friendship between China and India, inherit and promote people-to-people friendship, continuously enhance communication and exchanges between the 1.4 billion Chinese people and the same number of Indian people, and explore a path of peaceful coexistence, friendly interactions, and common revitalization between neighboring major countries. He also pointed out the need to promote mutually beneficial cooperation between China and India, enhance mutual trust, strengthen cooperation, jointly safeguard the common interests of developing countries, and uphold international fairness and justice. Noting the occasion of China's Youth Day, which falls on May 4, Qin Gang said that Chinese and Indian young people are full of vitality and are the main force of development in both countries. He called on them to contribute to the people-to-people and cultural exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and India, and pass on the China-India friendship from generation to generation.
Relatives of Dr. Kotnis and representatives of China-India friendship organizations and young people from both countries said that the spirit of Dr. Kotnis, embodying the common values of humanity, will always shine in human history. They stressed the need to inherit and carry forward the spirit of Dr. Kotnis, promote people-to-people ties between India and China, and continuously advance friendly cooperation between the two countries.