Xi Jinping Meets with Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates of US

On March 28, 2015, President Xi Jinping met with Co-chair of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates of the US at the Boao State Guest House in Hainan Province. Both sides mainly exchanged views on enhancing public health service, improving people's health and poverty reduction.

Xi Jinping pointed out that preventing and controlling public epidemics is a common challenge to the international community and requires the international community to strengthen cooperation on joint control. We attach great importance to enhancing public health service and securing people's health, which constitutes an important task of the Chinese government. China is ready to continue cooperation with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in this respect. Xi Jinping stressed that China attaches great importance to and has made significant achievements on poverty reduction and relief. But only by making great efforts to promote the poverty reduction and development cause, can China achieve the goal of building a moderately prosperous society by 2020. China is making unremitting effort in this regard. China will take an active part in the post-2015 UN development agenda and is ready to work with the international community to promote the international poverty reduction work for continuous and new results.

Bill Gates said that China has offered a great deal of resources in joint effort with the international community to address the Ebola epidemics and also done a remarkable job in controlling AIDS disease. China has erected a model for the rest of the world by playing a leading role in poverty reduction, for which he highly appreciates. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is ready to intensify cooperation with China in public health service.

On the same day, Xi Jinping met with Secretary-general Zhao Houlin of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Xi Jinping pointed out that China has taken an active part in the work of the ITU and devotes itself to working with all other members to promote the development of global information society. It is hoped that the ITU could work to forge a more open, effective and vigorous union by seizing the current significant opportunity of integration, innovation as well as rapid development of information technology. Zhao Houlin expressed the gratitude to China for its support to the work of the ITU and said that the ITU will constantly boost its cooperation with China.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others were present at relevant events.

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