Bill Gates says “China’s rise” is a “massive victory for the world.”

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said during an interview in Australia on Monday that China’s rise is a “massive victory for the world.”

Gates made the comment during an interview with the Lowy Institute, a think tank in Sydney, Australia.

“I tend to see China’s rise as a huge victory for the world,” Gates said. “I mean, that’s 20% of humanity. They match their share of the global economy today, and their share of the world’s population matches exactly, you know, countries like Australia, the US, we have GDP per capita of the population that is five times that of the Chinese, so we have a disproportionate share of the global economy.”

His comments about the communist country came in response to a question Gates asked how “bullish” he was about China.

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“You know, I think the current US mentality towards China, which is mutual, is kind of a lose-lose mentality, that if you ask US politicians, ‘Hey, would you like China’s economy to shrink by 20%? or grow’? by 20%,’ I’m afraid they would vote that ‘yes, let’s impersonate those people’, not understanding that for the global economy, the invention of cancer drugs, the solution to climate change, we are all in this together.”

While positively painting China’s rise, Gates acknowledged that the country is “not a democracy” and “today is an outlier in terms of that level of wealth and is still as autocratic as they are”.

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During the interview, Gates also said that the US is in a weak state politically, adding that countries like China should play a bigger role in global governance.

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“The US is politically weaker today, I would say, than it has been and you know, that’s frightening for the world. The current world system is designed around American leadership,” Gates said. “As other countries have become richer, these middle-income countries, including China and India, must play a stronger role in global governance.”

A Gates spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business.

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