Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, met with China's President Xi Jinping amidst tensions between the US and China.

President Xi referred to Gates as "the first American friend" he has met in Beijing this year.

 The meeting holds symbolic significance in fostering friendly relations between the two countries.

 Gates visited China in his role as co-chairman of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 The foundation focuses on global health, education, and climate change.

Other high-profile US business leaders, including Elon Musk and Tim Cook, have also recently visited China.

 President Xi's meeting with Gates is his first with a foreign business figure in recent years.

The Sino-US relationship was emphasized as crucial, with a focus on the importance of people-to-people connections.

 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit China soon, but expectations for progress are low.

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