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Global

Welcome to China. You Probably Can’t Buy Anything, Though.

“China was never an easy place for tourists, but lately just about everything seems to have gone square-shaped—as in the payment-app QR code needed to unlock much of the Middle Kingdom. It’s how people hail taxis, consult doctors, pay for meals and book flights. Even beggars are asking for money via QR code. Not needing […]

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Users of China UnionPay’s Mobile Payment App Hit 150 Million

“User can make payments, buy wealth management products and make debit card balance inquires on the app Cloud Quick Pass, the Shanghai-based company said. The platform supports online applications for more than 80 types of credit cards from 21 banks, and cardholders of over 230 lenders can make mobile payments by scanning the association’s quick […]
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Global

Tencent Joins Soros and Cohen With Stake in Agentina’s Uala

“Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd . is taking a stake in Argentina’s mobile payments app Uala, adding to previous investments by Goldman Sachs and billionaires George Soros and Steve Cohen.    The equity investment will be used to continue developing the fintech company in South America’s second-largest economy, according to founder and CEO Pierpaolo […]
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Global

You Will Soon Be Able to Pay Your Subway Fare With Your Face in China

“In Shenzhen, the local subway operator is testing various advanced technologies backed by the ultra-fast 5G network, including facial-recognition ticketing. At the Futian station, instead of presenting a ticket or scanning a QR bar code on their smartphones, commuters can scan their faces on a tablet-sized screen mounted on the entrance gate and have the […]
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Companies

Flutterwave and Alipay Partner on Payments Between Africa and China

“San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has partnered with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba to offer digital payments between Alipay and African merchants. Flutterwave is a Nigerian-founded B2B payments service (primarily) for companies in Africa to pay other companies on the continent and abroad… “This means that all our merchants can accept or install Alipay […]
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Global

China Central Bank to Set Standards for 17 Fintech Categories, Including Blockchain – CoinDesk

“Speaking at a meeting of the National Technical Committee, PBoC vice president Yifei Fan said the bank aims to better regulate new technologies applied across the financial industry, according to a report from state media Xinhua News Agency. Fan said blockchain is among 17 categories of financial technologies, including cloud services and artificial intelligence, to […]
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Domains

China mobile payments maintain rapid growth in Q3

“China’s mobile payments continued fast growth in the third quarter of 2019, showed data from the central bank. Banks in the country processed 27.27 billion mobile payment transactions in the period, up 61.05 percent year on year, said the People’s Bank of China in a report. Value of these transactions increased by 31.52 percent from […]
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Global

Starbucks Rewards Chinese Customers With Mobile Order & Pay Service

“Coffee giant Starbucks has begun rolling out its Starbucks Now mobile-based, pre-order and pay service to 300 stores in Beijing and Shanghai . The company plans to introduce Starbucks Now across China this year as it seeks to build a closer relationship with its customers in the country. The Mobile Order & Pay service is […]