Rise of the robots inevitable in China

China’s rapid development means it’s no longer unusual to see fixed robot arms working around the clock, performing simple, highly repetitive tasks, such as welding and moving components on a typical production line.For the factories, robots make good employees; they work long hours, don’t claim wages and never complain. Meanwhile, for an aging China, with its declining birth rate, robots, particularly the industrial kind, may offer a solution to a looming labour shortage that could potentially drag down economic growth over the long term.The expected population shortfall has prompted widespread concerns that China will be over the hill before attaining its goal of becoming the world’s leading economy. In response, the central government has relaxed the three-decades-old family planning policy that restricted most couples to one child.Lu Jiehua, professor of…

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