A German pilot project is now using the app to promote Bavaria.Chinese users can simply scan QR codes at hotels and sights to access information portals or booking sites.
Although the Chinese Communist Party urges its firms to expand into global markets, the party’s intimate relationship with China’s tech sector has made overseas consumers wary.
Tech products from China, such as affordable smartphones, are regularly accused of having security flaws and even claimed to be tools for government spying.
But as long as the party state controls their right to operate in the Chinese market, they will continue to make profit at the cost of users’ freedom of speech.
According to We Chat’s own claims, user data is not monitored or stored by the company, as long as there is no requirement from the Chinese authorities.
To date, We Chat has successfully launched its payment service in 15 countries.
Australia is a popular destination for Chinese tourists and students and it was one of the first offshore markets We Chat Pay targeted.Meg Jing Zeng does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.Queensland University of Technology provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.Most early overseas adopters of this service are duty free shops and Chinese restaurants, but in Australia it is also common to see the We Chat pay option available in pharmacies.Due to the high demand in China for Australian-made baby formula and health supplements, a visit to a pharmacy to stock up is often on a Chinese tourist’s “must do list” when visiting Australia.More recent reports suggest that private conversations on We Chat are sometimes monitored by the Chinese police.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating