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Visitors to a job fair walk past the Foxconn recruitment area in Shenzhen, China. Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple, has reportedly sought Google’s help to automate its factories in China where Foxconn employs more than a million people.
Visitors to a job fair walk past the Foxconn recruitment area in Shenzhen, China. Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that makes iPhones and iPads for Apple, has reportedly sought Google’s help to automate its factories in China where Foxconn employs more than a million people.
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How China’s march to robotics will upend global trade

If you are worried about a smart robot from Silicon Valley stealing your job, spare a thought for the Chinese. The biggest market for a new generation of problem-solving, automated, mobile machines is the industrial workshops of China. Hamstrung by labour shortages, wage inflation and domestic currency appreciation, China’s manufacturers have been shifting their operations offshore to Indonesia and Vietnam but they are also looking toward California for new solutions.