SoftBank Group says it will invest $2.5 billion in China’s cloud computing company, SoftBank Computer and will build out a new factory in the country

SoftBank Corp. on Wednesday said it would invest $1 billion in a cloud computing unit of Beijing’s SoftBank Co. and will expand its manufacturing base in China.

SoftBank Group said it will expand the plant in Zhuhai, in southwest China, which it will operate in tandem with SoftBank’s subsidiary.

SoftBank said it plans to employ 50 people in the new factory.

Softbank has been expanding into the cloud computing sector in recent years.

Soft-Bank has invested in cloud computing firms such as Google Inc. and Oracle Corp. in recent months.

Softbank’s new venture comes amid a slowdown in China as the government ramps up efforts to revive economic growth and fight pollution.

It’s one of several companies SoftBank has backed in China that have focused on software and cloud computing.

The two companies’ most recent investments have been in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

and Tencent Holdings Ltd.