Chinese robot wars set to erupt

Updated: 2012-12-06 08:10

By He Wei (China Daily)

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Chinese robot wars set to erupt

A robot makes noodles in a restaurant in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. Chinese businesses are predicting a boom in the use of robots in the country. Yang Huafeng / China News Service

Chinese robot wars set to erupt

A giant "Kuratas" robot on display at an exhibition in Tokyo in November. The 4-meter-high, limited edition, made-to-order robot is controlled by a pilot in its cockpit, or via a smartphone. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

Chinese robot wars set to erupt

Rising labor costs and an upcoming demographic crisis are driving up demand for 'automated workers' in China, as companies strive to retain their competitive edge. He Wei reports from Shanghai.

Sun Zhiqiang says the timing of China's robot spree is