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Bill Gates, on his first visit to China since 2019, meets with Xi – UnlistedNews

In a rare meeting with an American business figure, Xi Jinping, China’s leader, met with Bill Gates on Friday as Washington officials were due to arrive in Beijing in an effort to restart bilateral talks.

Xi told Gates that he was “the first American friend I have met in Beijing this year,” according to the People’s Daily, the Communist Party newspaper. Xi also said he wanted to build stronger ties with Gates’ philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to help with aid to developing countries.

The Gates Foundation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gates’ trip to China, his first since 2019, coincides with a visit by Antony J. Blinken, his first since he became secretary of state. It was not clear whether Blinken, who arrives on Sunday, would meet Xi.

Blinken had intended to go to China in February, a visit canceled after a Chinese spy balloon incursion into US airspace triggered a diplomatic crisis in Washington.

Since Xi abruptly lifted a prolonged period of “covid zero” restrictions in December, a number of American business leaders have returned to China, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive. (Neither of them met with Mr. Xi.)

China’s strict pandemic policies have largely closed the country’s borders, preventing meetings between multinational executives and China’s top leaders. A trip by Mr. Xi to Central Asia last September was the first time he had left the country in more than two years.

Mr. Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the world’s richest people, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to visit his foundation’s health and development partners. saying On twitter.

This was not the first meeting between Gates and Xi. They met in March 2015 during a annual conference foreign dignitaries and business leaders in the island province of Hainan, and again that year in Seattle when Mr. Xi was in the United States for his first state visit. In the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Xi sent a letter Mr. Gates thanking him and his foundation for donating money to the fight against the pandemic in China.

Mr. Gates maintains ties to China through the Gates Foundation, recently committing $50 million in a renewed partnership with the Beijing municipal government and a major Chinese university. He began to move away from Microsoft in 2008, devoting more time to his philanthropic projects, and left Microsoft’s board of directors in 2020. He remains Microsoft’s largest single shareholder with roughly $35 billion in shares, according to financial data firm FactSet. . .


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