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SoftBank's Pepper robot moves into Chinese homes through Haier deal

Japanese group teams with local appliance maker

Japan's SoftBank Group sees China as a springboard to sell its Pepper service robot worldwide.

TOKYO -- SoftBank Group will bring more of its Pepper service robots to China by collaborating with local consumer electronics company Haier.

SoftBank Robotics, a unit of the Japanese technology group, recently agreed on a partnership with Haier that will see them cooperate on smart homes featuring networked appliances.

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