(Beijing) Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is in China on Thursday to meet with partners from his foundation on health and development topics, on his first trip to the country in more than three years.

“I just landed in Beijing for the first time since 2019,” Gates wrote on Twitter late Wednesday, saying he was looking forward to reuniting with partners who work with the Bill Foundation.

“Solving problems like climate change, unequal access to healthcare and food insecurity requires innovation,” he added, noting “China’s great experience” in “malaria treatments” and at the level of “investments in climate adaptability”.

“These advancements need to be available to more people around the world,” Gates insisted.

Mr. Musk notably met with government officials and visited the gigafactory of his brand of electric cars in Shanghai, where he was able to interact with staff.

JPMorgan Chase bank CEO Jamie Dimon, another major player, visited the country in June, while Apple CEO Tim Cook was in Beijing in March. He also hailed his company’s “symbiotic” relationship with China.

Other big American bosses like that of Starbucks or General Motors have also gone to China in recent weeks to meet with representatives of the Chinese government.

Business travel has picked up since China abandoned its so-called “zero COVID-19” health policy and reopened its borders this year.