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China Merchants seeks to bring smart ports to Belt and Road nations

Operator harnesses 5G tech to control cranes and trucks, boosting efficiency

A cargo ship at Mawan port in the city of Shenzhen. China Merchants Group has introduced remote-controlled cranes so their operators no longer have to climb to dangerous heights. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

GUANGZHOU -- The containers were stacked sky high atop a cargo ship docked at a port in Shenzhen, the city that has long served as an economic dynamo for China. Cranes whirred and whizzed, unloading the crates to trucks waiting on the ground but there were few workers to be seen among the bustle.

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