Chinese company Alibaba has started offering payment services from Tencent’s WeChat on a number of its apps, after the government ordered big tech companies to stop blocking each other’s services and links.
Local tech blog 36Kr reported on Tuesday that users of Alibaba Ele.me’s food delivery app, Kaola luxury goods app and Shuqi e-book app can now purchase products through WeChat Pay, one of China’s most popular online payment options.
Alibaba Xianyu’s second-hand goods market app and Freshippo supermarket app also requested the integration of WeChat Pay, the tech blog said.
Alibaba confirmed the contents of the report to Reuters. Previously, the primary way for users to make payments on these apps was through Alipay, from Alibaba’s financial subsidiary, Ant Group.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it had called on internet companies to end a long-standing practice of blocking others’ links and services on their sites. Such practices prevented application users from seamlessly switching to services between rival companies.
A few days later, Tencent’s WeChat messaging app began to allow users to access links to competing platforms. Previously, it did not allow users to click on links sent via chat to, for example, product listings in Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace.
The changes come as authorities continue to tighten regulation in the Internet industry.
In April, antitrust regulators fined Alibaba a record $ 2.75 billion for anti-competitive behavior.