Bill Gates Xi Jinping: Xi Jinping’s Call for Open Tech Collaboration Is Most Timely: Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Speaking live at the Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing, Gates said that China, with its combination of knowledge, experience and investment in innovation, will be able to contribute to the world by sharing its technology and lessons, South China Morning reports. mail
Gates said issues like the Covid-19 pandemic, along with other issues from food security to child welfare, do not stay within national boundaries.
“So we need to make a commitment to work across borders to solve them,” Gates said. “We need to provide a comprehensive and broad response (to issues like Covid-19) based on innovation and collaboration.”
“China is already playing an important role in addressing complex global issues, including future pandemics and food insecurity,” he told the crowd.
Earlier, Jinping said it was “more than ever” important for countries to deepen cooperation and share technology.
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According to the Xinhua news agency, China is committed to a “win-win strategy of openness” and is willing to team up with others to promote scientific and technological innovation. the rivalry deepens as Washington tightens export restrictions on Beijing.
Earlier this week, China banned US company Micron Technology’s chips from being sold in the country, citing “threats to national security.”
The Chinese government has said Micron products will be banned from sale to the country’s key information infrastructure as the US continues to tighten its grip on Chinese tech companies.
The US Department of Commerce responded to the ban by saying it “strongly opposes restrictions that have no basis in fact.”
“We will engage directly with the Chinese authorities to detail our position and clarify their actions,” the agency said in a statement.
Last October, the Joe Biden administration tightened exports of advanced US semiconductor technology to China, including chip manufacturing equipment and design software.
Recent reports have claimed that the Joe Biden administration is about to announce new restrictions on US companies’ investment in China.