Microsoft is expanding in China with more jobs and upgrades despite rising international tensions

what just happened The US government could introduce more technology restrictions against China, but it seems that the rising tensions between the countries are not hampering American firms’ expansion plans. Microsoft is one of them, having just confirmed that it will add another 1,000 employees to its Chinese operations and upgrade its campus over the next few years.

Microsoft has more than 9,000 full-time employees in China, of which around 80% are R&D specialists and technicians. The company has announced that its recruiting campaign will take that number to over 10,000 next year.

Microsoft’s plans go beyond hiring more employees in China. The windows maker, which has offices in 13 Chinese cities, will also upgrade its sites in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou over the next three to five years.

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The announcement came on the thirtieth anniversary of Microsoft’s entry into the Chinese market. “We will continue to strengthen our confidence and determination to develop in the Chinese market, and expand investment in human resources, campus, education and the local ecosystem to find new opportunities in China, accelerated by China’s digital economy development.” Microsoft Greater China Chairman and CEO Hou Yang said

The news comes at a time when US-China relations are at their chilliest. Earlier this month, US officials ordered Nvidia and AMD to stop selling their powerful AI-focused GPUs to China and Russia without a license. There are also US export bans and sanctions against a number of Chinese companies, such as Huawei, which has seen its smartphone business suffer tremendously since losing access to American-made technology. China has also been a vocal opponent of the chips law. And then there is Taiwan.

The announcement is good news for the Chinese economy, which, like the US, is slowing due to global uncertainty. The country is also struggling with increased regulatory control. The situation has led to layoffs at big tech giants like Tencent, Alibaba and Xiaomi, mirroring US firms that have also laid off staff this year.

The expansion plans are further confirmation that American companies are not losing confidence in China and are cutting back investments in the country. Like Microsoft, Tesla continues its expansion in the Asian nation through the Shanghai Gigafactory (above), which is already the largest EV manufacturing facility globally. Microsoft is expanding in China with more jobs and upgrades despite rising international tensions

Chris Barrese

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