White House Trade adviser Navarro: Microsoft should divest Chinese assets first

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Peter Navarro, white house trade adviser
On the afternoon of August 4, Beijing time, Peter Navarro, the White House Trade adviser, said on Monday that if Microsoft intends to acquire tiktok, a short video application, it might as well divest the company’s assets in China.
“So the question is, will Microsoft compromise?” Navarro said in an interview? Maybe Microsoft should divest its own assets in China first. ”
In another earlier interview, Navarro said that any potential buyer of tiktok would be a problem if they had a business in China.
At present, Microsoft has more than 6000 employees in China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou.
Although Microsoft has been operating in China for more than 10 years, its revenue from China business only accounts for a little more than 1% of the company’s total revenue, said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, at a conference in January.
Now, Microsoft is also actively promoting azure cloud services in China by cooperating with local data service provider 21vianet.
Of course, Microsoft’s research center in Beijing is the focus. The center has produced a large number of talents who are now executives of Alibaba, byte beat, Xiaomi and facial recognition Unicorn startups sensetime and megvii. The center is also the birthplace of the most cited AI paper “RESNET”.
According to people familiar with the matter, President trump has agreed to extend the 45 day period for byte skipping to negotiate with Microsoft on the sale of the short video app tiktok. (Xiaobai)