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Uber expands co-operation with Alipay

Do Not UseDo Not Use 3/05/2016
An Alipay sign © Getty Images An Alipay sign

Taxi-hailing service Uber and China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group have agreed a deal that will allow Chinese travellers to pay for a taxi in any country where Uber operates.

A sign showing the Alibaba group © Reuters A sign showing the Alibaba group

It means they can pay for their rides in yuan using their Alipay accounts.

US car sharing service Lyft and China's Didi Chuxing recently launched a similar service.

The growth in smartphone transport services is encouraging firms to build international partnerships.

Before the agreement, mainland Chinese travellers using the Uber app overseas needed to connect a dual-currency credit card with their Uber account and were billed for their journeys in US dollars.

Alipay is the online payment service of Ant Financial Services, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Alibaba is an investor in both Didi and Lyft, on top of its partnership with Uber.

Uber said its customers had been able to use Alipay for their journeys in mainline China since 2014 and in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau since early 2016.

The San Francisco-based company said the cross-border payments arrangement would cover mainland Chinese travellers in 400 cities.

Uber and Alibaba said they intended to expand co-operation in India through Alipay's links with Paytm, which is India's largest mobile payment provider.

Early last year, Ant Financial teamed up with parent company Alibaba to invest more than $500m (£341m) in Paytm.

Rival alliances

Didi, and Lyft have also joined forces with ride-hailing apps GrabTaxi in Southeast Asia and Ola in India.

The four companies have formed a strategic partnership in a bid to compete with Uber.

This allows them to share technology and local knowledge.

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