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Gates smiles during an interview in Singapore

Bill Gates smiles during an interview with Reuters in Singapore April 6, 2014. China should do more to encourage wealthy Chinese to donate to charitable causes and to make philanthropy a common practice in the world's most populous country, Microsoft co-founder Gates said on Sunday. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY HEADSHOT)

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Monday, APril 28, 2014, took to the pages of the People's Daily, the mouthpiece newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, to encourage people in China to do more for the poor.

"China has many successful entrepreneurs and business people. I hope that more people of insight will put their talents to work to improve the lives of poor people in China and around the world, and seek solutions for them," Gates wrote in an editorial.

"Investing for the poor requires participation from the entire community."

Philanthropy in China has yet to take off, as some wealthy Chinese fear generous donations could invite unwanted attention on their fortunes. China ranks towards the bottom of the list of countries where people give money to charity, volunteer or help a stranger, according to The World Giving Index, compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation. (AP)

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