Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

Oct 25, 2016

Robots at center of China's strategy to leapfrog rivals

The Canbot can say its name, respond to voice commands, and “dance” as it plays Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Other robots China is displaying at the World Robot Conference can play badminton, sand cell phone cases and sort computer chips. China is showcasing its ...

Strains show in China's factory heartland

Feb 29, 2016

Strains show in China's factory heartland

Millions of migrant workers streaming back to China’s industrial heartland after the long lunar New Year break face an uncertain future as smaller factories in particular struggle to cope with anaemic orders and rising inventories. In the Pearl River Delta, the “world’s workshop” in ...

Japan manufacturing output up in January, retail sales fall

Feb 29, 2016

Japan manufacturing output up in January, retail sales fall

Japan’s industrial production rose in January from the month before, beating forecasts, while retail sales fell, suggesting the recovery of the world’s third-largest economy is still on the ropes. January’s increase in factory output was a turnaround from month-on-month declines in November and December. ...

Nov 19, 2015

Mitsubishi Regional Jet takes flight

The debut flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is welcome news for Japan's long-dormant aircraft manufacturing industry, but ensuring its success will require considerable effort.

Sep 7, 2015

July composite economic index down on weak industrial output, shipments

Japan’s key composite index of economic indicators, reflecting the current state of the economy, fell in July for the first time in two months, the government said Monday, reflecting a slowdown in manufacturing activity. The index of coincident indicators, such as industrial output, retail ...

Sep 6, 2015

Chinese build factories in U.S., creating jobs and tensions

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When Chen Mingxu was a boy, U.S. businessmen poured into rural China, welcomed with tax breaks and steamed turtle. Thirty years later, in a kind of reverse migration, Chen finds himself in southwestern Alabama smiling wanly over bacon-wrapped meatloaf and banana pudding. Chen, who ...