Bill Gates discussed eradicating infectious diseases with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

On Friday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing during his visit to the country. The meeting followed his meeting with the mayor of Beijing, Yin Yong, where they reportedly discussed partnering with China on drug discovery. While there are no official details of the meeting with President Xi Jinping, it has been reported that Xi Jinping told Gates that their meeting was his first with an “American friend” this year.

Gates also spoke at the Global Health Drug Discovery Institute (GHDDI), which focuses on developing new medications for infectious diseases affecting the world’s indigent population, including malaria and tuberculosis. During his remarks, Gates stressed the need to address global challenges like climate change, a hunger crisis, and a resurgence of infectious diseases. He expressed optimism that the world can overcome these challenges based on progress measured over the last few decades.

In a statement from the Beijing mayor published in Beijing Daily, the city expressed interest in a deeper relationship with the Gates Foundation, saying it is “willing to deepen cooperation with the Gates Foundation” for scientific research and talent training.

Gates’ visit to China coincided with Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk’s meeting with Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang to discuss business. Other VIPs who have visited China recently include JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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