Bill Gates set to meet China's President Xi Jinping: reports

The Microsoft co-founder will be in Beijing to meet the Chinese president, according to state media reports.

Bill Gates set to meet China's President Xi Jinping: reports (Photo Credit: DW)
Bill Gates set to meet China's President Xi Jinping: reports (Photo Credit: DW)


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is scheduled to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, China's state media has reported. 

Gates will meet President Xi in Beijing, reported the broadcaster CCTV. This will be his first visit in four years. 

The head of the Gates Foundation is one of the first few Western business leaders to visit China since the country ended its strict COVID controls. 

Gates to help China fight malaria, tuberculosis

On Thursday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that it would give $50 million (€45 million) to support Chinese efforts to fight malaria and tuberculosis. 

The Global Health Drug Discovery Institute (GHDDI) is a Beijing-based group set up by Bill Gates, the Beijing municipal government and Tsinghua University. 

The Gates Foundation has announced that it will renew its collaboration with the GHDDI. 

The objective is to help "improve health outcomes worldwide through life saving therapies for infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria, which disproportionately affect the world's poorest," said the foundation in a statement. 

Gates will also meet global health and development partners in Beijing. 

Western business leaders visit China again

Speaking at GHDDI on Thursday, Gates said that China "has made significant gains reducing poverty and improving health outcomes within China."

"I'm hopeful China can play an even bigger role in addressing the current challenges, particularly those facing African countries," he added.

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase and Tesla's Elon Musk visited China last month. 

Musk, who has extensive business in China, met officials in Beijing and Tesla staff members on the outskirts of Shanghai. 

CEO of Apple Tim Cook spent time in Beijing in March and said that his company enjoyed a "symbiotic" relationship with China. 

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