FROM THE WORLD’S FAC­TORY

With its am­bi­tious ‘Made in China 2025’ plan, Bei­jing aims to take a global lead in ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing

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COM­MER­CIAL JETS

Co­mac C919, China’s first home­grown pas­sen­ger air­craft, had its first test flight on May 5 this year. It aims to erode the dom­i­nance of Boe­ing 737 and Air­bus A320 in emerg­ing mar­kets

SPACE TECH­NOL­OGY

China has launched satel­lites for Sri Lanka, Pak­istan and a num­ber of South Amer­i­can and African coun­tries. It built its own satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, BeiDou, as a GPS ri­val. Af­ter the suc­cess of its space labs, China will also have a full-fledged space sta­tion by 2020

AR­TI­FI­CIAL IN­TEL­LI­GENCE

With state back­ing, Chi­nese com­pa­nies such as Baidu and Alibaba are tak­ing the lead in de­vel­op­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nolo­gies, al­ready ri­valling the United States in deep ma­chine learn­ing

SELF-DRIV­ING CARS

China plans to have five mil­lion ve­hi­cles with au­ton­o­mous fea­tures on its roads in the next 15 years. Baidu will roll out its first self­driv­ing car in 2018

DRONES

From Chi­nese com­pany DJI’s com­mer­cial use drones to armed UAVs and two-tonne de­liv­ery drones, China is al­ready cor­ner­ing the world mar­ket

IS­ABEL INFANTES/GETTY IMAGES

A freight train be­ing loaded in Cor­ring­ham near Lon­don en route to Yiwu in China

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