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Industry 4.0 and the “craftsman’s spirit”

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Industry 4.0 is a hot topic in China, not least because of the extensive government policies aimed at promoting increased innovation that have been launched as part of the latest five-year plan. The aim of these is to boost the productivity of the country’s huge manufacturing industry and increase its global competitiveness by helping it to move up the value chain through the development of higher-quality and more innovative products. Continue reading Industry 4.0 and the “craftsman’s spirit”

A storm in a wine cup

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子曰:「觚不觚,觚哉!觚哉!」
Confucius said: “A cornered chalice without any corners. How can that be called a cornered chalice? How can that be called a cornered chalice?”

A 觚 () was originally a vessel or container with a square base and a round cup on top that was used for wine offerings in ancient Shang Dynasty ritual ceremonies – though obviously the one that Confucius is ranting about here was of a different shape. Continue reading A storm in a wine cup