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Xi praises cooperation with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


17:56, April 08, 2013

BOAO, Hainan, April 8 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping said Monday that China will deepen its cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Bill Gates, president of the foundation, at the ongoing Boao Forum for Asia, which opened on April 6 in south China's Hainan Province.

Xi said the cooperation between China and the foundation has yielded significant results in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as smoking control and tuberculosis prevention.

"China should stick to the strategy of innovation-driven development to encourage and support innovation," Xi said.

Xi said China will make joint efforts with the organization to improve human health, eliminate poverty and bring greater benefits to the rest of the world.

Gates said Xi's recent visit to Africa showed China's willingness to facilitate Africa's development. He said that he has faith in China's efforts to seek greater development through innovation.

The foundation attaches high importance to China, Gates said, adding that he hopes to strengthen cooperation with China to aid other countries in the areas of agricultural development, poverty elimination and disease control.

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