"We can deliver the aircraft to China Eastern Airlines in 2021," Wu said.
When it comes to robotics technology, domestic companies have also made strides in both quantity and quality. In 2017, China produced more than 120,000 industrial robots, a surge of 68 percent year-on-year.
More importantly, the country has beefed up its capability to produce reliable speed reducers, servomotors and control panels, which are the three basic building blocks of sophisticated automated machines. The progress reduces China's heavy reliance on foreign suppliers for these key robotic components.
Wang Jiegao, chief engineer of Estun Automation and general manager of subsidiary Estun Robotics, sa