A worker assembles air conditioner's components next to the robot arms at a factory in Suixi county in central China's Anhui province in 2018. Photo: AP

One in 20 Chinese workers could be replaced by robots in the next five years, according to survey

  • Up to 40 per cent of China’s manufacturing workforce could be “potentially affected” by the use of robots
  • The rise of automation had a disproportionate impact on workers with lower levels of education
Topic |   Robotics

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A worker assembles air conditioner's components next to the robot arms at a factory in Suixi county in central China's Anhui province in 2018. Photo: AP
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Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai

Sarah Dai, based in Beijing, covers technology and capital flows in the world of start-ups in Greater China. Previously, she worked as financial correspondent for Caixin Media in Hong Kong for over two years and wrote for China Daily in Beijing and London.