More than two decades of efforts by Microsoft to put down roots in China may soon bring a partial pay off, if it succeeds in steering through the purchase of TikToks US business. But as relations between the US and China continue to deteriorate, the software companys long term bet on the Chinese market is also facing its most uncertain period yet. Microsofts involvement in the Chinese tech world, dating from its creation of a research centre in Beijing in the late 1990s, has left it with...

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