Microsoft Founder Bill Gates was in China on Thursday for what he said were meetings with global health and development partners who have worked with his charitable foundation.
"Solving problems like climate change, health inequity and food insecurity requires innovation," Gates tweeted. "From developing malaria drugs to investing in climate adaptation, China has a lot of experience in that. We need to unlock that kind of progress for more people around the world."
Gates said global crises stifled progress in reducing death and poverty in children and that he will next travel to West Africa because African countries are particularly vulnerable "with high food prices, crushing debt, and increasing rates of TB and malaria."
Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter, said Gates would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Gates is the latest business figure to visit China year, following Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk.
Some information for this report came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.