Then-President-elect Donald Trump and then-Vice-President-elect Mike Pence visit a Carrier factory in Indianapolis in December 2016. Trump has taken a tough position on trade, claiming that the policies of his predecessors have failed the American working class. Photo: AP

Donald Trump has a point – even with advanced technology, manufacturing is essential

Andrew Sheng says economies have to proceed through a manufacturing-focused phase, even if they switch to a service-oriented approach later, if they want to continue innovating. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will not change this

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Then-President-elect Donald Trump and then-Vice-President-elect Mike Pence visit a Carrier factory in Indianapolis in December 2016. Trump has taken a tough position on trade, claiming that the policies of his predecessors have failed the American working class. Photo: AP
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