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China's Haier wants to connect kitchens to Web with GE deal

Mr Zhang aims to establish a respected brand and break out of the low-cost game

Hong Kong

WHEN Haier Group set its sights on entering the US market in 1999, it took a year before executives at the Chinese appliance maker secured a meeting with retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc to show off its air-conditioners.

Haier, which at the time made one out of every three...