Apple partners UnionPay to launch payment services in China; to compete with Alipay

An Apple logo is seen inside the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple Inc said on Thursday it had partnered with China UnionPay to launch payment service Apple Pay in China for China UnionPay cardholders by early 2016.

China UnionPay is a state-controlled consortium that has a monopoly on all yuan payment cards issued and used in the country.

“China is an extremely important market for Apple and with China UnionPay and support from 15 of China’s leading banks, users will soon have a convenient, private and secure payment experience,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services in a statement.

Apple Pay will mainly compete with Alipay, the online payment platform run by Alibaba Holding Group Ltd  affiliate Ant Financial.

In July, Apple brought its mobile payments service to Britain to capitalise on the increasing mobile online transactions.

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(Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Reuters

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