Alibaba Offers WeChat Pay as an Option Following China’s Anti-trust Onslaught


E-commerce giant Alibaba has started to offer WeChat Pay as a payments option on its platforms, following a protracted anti-trust campaign by Chinese regulators.

Multiple Alibaba apps have started to incorporate WeChat Pay functionality, including, Youku, Damai, Kaola, Shuqi, Taote, Xianyu and Hema, according to a report from 21st Century Business Herald.

A senior executive from Alibaba said that the company “firmly believed sharing, connection and openness are the foundation of a healthy digital ecosystem,” and that it would continue to work with other platforms in future.

An increasing number of other Chinese internet platforms have been incorporating the payments options of their rivals and peers, with the Meituan app now offering WeChat Pay, Alipay UnionPay, Apple Pay, Mi Pay and Huawei Pay, and Pinduoduo offering WeChat Pay, Alipay, QQ Wallet and Huabei.

The past year has seen China wage an anti-trust campaign targeting the country’s big tech companies, with Alibaba fined over USD$2.7 billion for regulatory breaches in April, and its peers including Tencent, ByteDance, and Du Xiaoman Financial summoned for disciplinary discussions with authorities the following month.

Chinese central bank governor Yi Gang recently reiterated the commitment of authorities to anti-trust enforcement at a fintech event held in mid-September.

China is currently host to over 200 licensed third party payments providers, while the market remains heavily dominated by Alipay and Tencent, who together account for a near 85% market share.