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US-China tensions

iRobot breaks with Hong Kong partner over China production

Company cites US tariffs in shift of Roomba robot vacuum assembly to Malaysia

The U.S. headquarters of iRobot in Bedford, Massachusetts. The company has been gradually shifting production out of China amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing.   © AP

HONG KONG -- iRobot has broken off ties with the Hong Kong company that for years helped develop and produce the robotic vacuum Roomba in the latest fallout from the U.S.-China trade conflict.

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