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CES Asia 2017

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CES Asia was a lot of fun last week. Judging by the dizzying array of robots, autos, drones, and smart home devices on display, the China IoT market is in a robust and healthy state. The days when the country’s tech industry was a follower are well and truly over. Now its startups, manufacturers, and Internet giants are starting to set the pace for innovation and are set to make massive inroads in global markets. Continue reading CES Asia 2017

Qufu Temple of Confucius

Lingxing Gate, Temple of Confucius, Qufu
Lingxing Gate, Temple of Confucius, Qufu

More by accident than design, I was lucky enough to finish off my travels this year with a weekend trip to Qufu, the hometown of Confucius and the site of the oldest and largest temple dedicated to the sage. The early winter weather was absolutely wonderful with its clear blue skies and sunshine, and the lack of tourists gave me the opportunity to explore the complex and other sites in the area virtually undisturbed. Continue reading Qufu Temple of Confucius

Industry 4.0 and the “craftsman’s spirit”


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”