Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said China is the "best place" for the young to fulfill their ambitions to make the world a better place.
In a lecture to Peking University students, the billionaire philanthropist described the skepticism in some developed countries about whether globalization works for ordinary people.
He said the results of the US presidential election and the Brexit vote showed how any country may turn inward when confronted with difficult issues like immigration, security and global development.
In a world suddenly short of experienced leaders, Gates commended China for assuming greater responsibility for critical global issues like climate change and inclusive development.
Gates told hundreds of students attending the lecture of his high hopes for China's youth as they enter the workforce at the time of "China's rise as a center of global progress and innovation."
"The world's eyes are on China...the world's eyes are specifically on all of you... What an incredible thing is the belief that you can make the world a better place. There has never been a better moment," he said.
"No matter what, if your ambition is to improve the world, this is the best time and the best place to do it."