Microsoft Urges Hundreds of Chinese Employees to Relocate from the Country

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.16 - 2024 11:15 AM CET

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Microsoft is reportedly asking hundreds of its Chinese employees to consider relocating abroad.

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Microsoft is reportedly asking hundreds of its Chinese employees to consider relocating abroad.

The Wall Street Journal reports that this request particularly targets staff from the company's cloud and machine learning departments.

New Regulations

As the U.S. continues to clamp down on China's access to crucial technologies such as advanced semiconductors and AI, the Biden administration is reportedly considering stricter regulations.

These may require U.S. companies to obtain licenses before exporting products to China, a measure that would impact operations for tech giants like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, especially within their cloud and AI sectors.

Strategic Employee Relocation

Microsoft is reportedly asking between 700 and 800 employees, predominantly Chinese nationals, to relocate to countries including the U.S., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

This group forms part of a larger workforce of around 7,000 at Microsoft's Asia-Pacific research and development centers, the majority of whom are based in China.

Despite these changes, a Microsoft spokesperson assured that the company remains committed to its operations in the region. They noted that the relocation offer is optional and aligns with Microsoft’s strategy of providing internal opportunities as part of its global business model.

Microsoft is currently aggressively expanding its cloud computing infrastructure across Asia and globally to meet growing demand.

The potential policy changes by the U.S. government could reshape how U.S. tech companies structure their operations in China and manage their technological exports.

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