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Technology gap gives foreign firms the edge in China robot wars

Govt subsidies have boosted growth of robotics firms, but just a few have done any meaningful R&D

Humanoid robots at a science promotional event in Zhengzhou, Henan province. The growth rate for foreign-made robots in China has been slower over the past few years, but they still dominate Chinese factory floors.


IN A cavernous showroom on the outskirts of this port city in north-eastern China, softly whirring lathes and svelte robot arms represent Dalian Machine Tools Group's (DMTG) vision of an automated future for Chinese manufacturing. On closer inspection, however, most of the machines