China army developing advanced robot soldiers

BEIJING: China is developing robots with a lot more capabilities for battle, "information acquisition, command and control, and collaborative support," official sources said. But the official Chinese media is saying its effort is different from the manner in which military robots have been developed in the US.

"The Chinese military has its own orientation and direction, and is very different from western militaries, such as the United States Armed Forces, in developing digitalized troops," an official military publication said.

It said the Chinese military cannot develop large-scale and complete test troops like the US military but "focuses on the key links in the building of digitalized troops, and synchronize the development of mechanization and informatization".

The government recently disclosed its efforts on this count in a white paper on national defence titled "The Diversified Employment of China's Armed Forces". It said the People's Liberation Army is "prioritizing digitalized troops". The PLA is not "building" digitalized troops but "prioritizing" them. It was made clear that robotic soldiers were are already in place.

Times of India


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