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Post-coronavirus fate differs among Shenzhen tech startups

AI and robot companies feel positive impact, while some face harsh climate

 Shenzhen Dorabot’s picking robot is at work. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU/TOKYO -- Tech startups in Shenzhen, known as China's Silicon Valley, are set to experience a range of outcomes as the novel coronavirus pandemic appears to near its end, with some seeing their businesses thrive while others face headwinds following significantly reduced investment.

The companies that are emerging strong from the crisis include those offering technologies, such as artificial intelligence and robotics, that can both support economic recovery and help prevent the spread of infection. They have the potential to drive innovation in a new society in which we must coexist with the virus.

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