Around 100 million workers are employed in China’s manufacturing industry, with data from the National Bureau of Statistics showing manufacturing accounted for about 30 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product in the first three quarters of 2018. Photo: AP

Man vs machine: China’s workforce starting to feel the strain from threat of robotic automation

  • Companies, including iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, are turning to robots with around 100 million workers in China’s manufacturing industry under threat
  • The city of Dongguan in China’s industrial and export hub allocated US$56.8 million to boost automation in factories last year alone
Topic |   China economy

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Around 100 million workers are employed in China’s manufacturing industry, with data from the National Bureau of Statistics showing manufacturing accounted for about 30 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product in the first three quarters of 2018. Photo: AP
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Chinese internet-based service companies, which served as the employment backstop in the last economic down, have themselves fallen on hard times, only adding fuel to rising lay-off worries. Illustration: Brian Wang

China’s gig economy losing ability to absorb laid off factory workers

  • Ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, online food delivery platform Meituan Dianping as well as streaming services like Huya, Douyu and Kuaishou face challenges
  • New economy’s ability to absorb unemployed workers from other industries hampered by economic slowdown, saturation of markets and tighter regulations
Topic |   China economy

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Chinese internet-based service companies, which served as the employment backstop in the last economic down, have themselves fallen on hard times, only adding fuel to rising lay-off worries. Illustration: Brian Wang
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