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. ...