China and the US are locked in a superpower tech war to ‘win the 21st century’

 China and the US are locked in a superpower tech war to ‘win the 21st century’

In a calm workspace above the bustling Huaqiangbei electronics market in Shenzhen, China, engineer Xiong Chang reaches for a metal part sitting on the desk behind him.

It might not look special but it’s a powerful example of why his UK-based tech start-up has chosen “China’s Silicon Valley”.

“A quote for that [part] in a factory in the US would be several thousands of dollars and they’d probably quote you a lead time of maybe two, three weeks,” Chang says. 

“This same piece, we can get it back in three days from a factory here and for less than a hundred dollars.”

Chang’s company is building a prototype agricultural robot that kills weeds by spraying hot oil on them, potentially solving the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds plaguing the world’s farms.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.

Xiong Chang tours the world’s largest…

Read full article…www.abc.net.au