After the government ordered major technology companies to stop blocking each other’s services and links, China’s Alibaba has begun to provide payment services from Tencent’s WeChat on multiple applications.
Local technology blog 36 Krypton reported on Tuesday that users of Alibaba’s food delivery app Ele.me, luxury app Koala, and e-book app Shuqi can now purchase goods through WeChat Pay, the most popular online payment method in China. one.
The technology blog stated that Alibaba’s second-hand commodity market application Xianyu and supermarket application Freshpo have also applied for the integration of WeChat payment.
Alibaba confirmed the report to Reuters. In the past, the main way users paid on these apps was through Alipay, the financial subsidiary of Alibaba, Ant Group.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated that it has asked Internet companies to stop the long-term practice of blocking each other’s links and services on their websites. This practice prevents application users from seamlessly jumping to services between rival companies.
A few days later, Tencent’s WeChat messaging application began to allow users to access links to rival platforms. Previously, it did not allow users to click on links sent via chat, such as product listings from the Alibaba Taobao market.
As the authorities continue to strengthen the supervision of the Internet industry, these changes will follow.
In April, antitrust regulators imposed a record fine of US$2.75 billion on Alibaba for anti-competitive behavior.