April 25, 2024
Bill Gates' Meeting with President Xi Jinping

Bill Gates' Meeting with Xi Jinping

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High-Profile Meeting: Bill Gates and President Xi Jinping Convene Amidst US-China Tensions

New Delhi(India) : On Friday, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, had a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, taking place amid ongoing tensions between the United States and China. According to Chinese state media, President Xi referred to Gates as “the first American friend” he met in Beijing this year. Gates’ visit follows a series of visits by prominent American business leaders to China since the country reopened its borders. This weekend, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is also scheduled to visit China. Bill Gates’ Meeting with President Xi Jinping

According to reports, President Xi Jinping conveyed to Bill Gates that he believes the foundation of Sino-US relations lies in the connection between their respective peoples, expressing his hope for continued friendship between the Chinese and American people. This meeting marked President Xi’s first interaction with a foreign business figure in recent years, as his international travels were put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Bill Gates' Meeting with President Xi Jinping
Bill Gates’ Meeting with President Xi Jinping

Bill Gates’ Meeting with President Xi Jinping

The last known meeting between President Xi and Bill Gates took place in 2015. While other prominent American business leaders such as Elon Musk, Jamie Dimon, and Tim Cook have visited China this year and held meetings with senior Chinese officials, they did not have the opportunity to meet with President Xi. Bill Gates’ current visit to China is in his capacity as the co-chairman of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a nonprofit organization he established with his former wife. Bill Gates’ Meeting with President Xi Jinping

In 2020, Gates resigned from Microsoft’s board to focus on the foundation’s work, which revolves around global health, education, and climate change. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the first cabinet official to visit China since 2019, is scheduled to arrive in Beijing over the weekend. However, expectations for substantial progress on the increasing number of disputes between the US and China are not high.


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