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The Chinese government sees the use of robots as a way to upgrade the nation’s manufacturing industry, with a goal of producing 100,000 locally made industrial robots annually by 2020, equal to a robot density of 150 for every 10,000 employees.

To reach that goal, the government has been financially supporting the domestic robotic industry for the past five years, with the subsidies accounting for 20 per cent of the industry’s net profit in China, according to Sinolink Securities.

Dai Zhendong, director at the Institute of Bio-inspired Structure and Surface Engineering and a robotics professor at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, spoke to the Post about the state of the industry in light of the trade war tensions.

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