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China transforming into robot powerhouse

Robots are gaining popularity in China as laborers increasingly steer clear of work encompassing the so-called three D's: dirty, difficult and dangerous.

TOKYO -- Having grown into the world's factory through an abundance of cheap labor, China is now rushing to introduce industrial robots in response to rising wages and a worker shortage created by its one-child policy.

     The casting industry is dangerous for humans because the work involves melting metal at high temperatures. A robot with multiple joints, like a human arm, can effortlessly carry molds weighing tens of kilograms and weld metal sections together quickly.

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