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The Future of Asia 2019

Chinese robot kit startup finds a boost from trade war

Makeblock benefits as China looks to increase its technological might

Jasen Wang, CEO of Makeblock, spoke at a panel discussion on Friday at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Makeblock, a Chinese maker of educational robot kits, says business is booming thanks to the trade frictions with the U.S., which is changing the way the startup approaches its operations.

"Thanks to the trade war, the Chinese government knows the importance of technology education," said Jasen Wang, founder and CEO of the Shenzhen-based company. Wang was participating in a panel discussion hosted here on Friday by Nikkei's annual Future of Asia conference.

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