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“WE INVEST A great deal of money here in China,” announced Travis Kalanick, founder and then manager of Uber, at a confab in Tianjin in June2016 He added with foreboding, “we have a rival who is investing even more.” Two months later on the American ride-hailing huge threw in the towel, selling its Chinese operations to its Beijing-based rival, Didi. Uber lost some $2bn over two years in China. Its retreat paved the way for Didi to become China’s undisputed ride-hailing champ, which today processes over four-fifths of all domestic orders. The Chinese titan is extensively expected to go public in the next couple of months, eight years after its launch. It might bring an evaluation of $60 bn.
That Uber was willing to burn through a lot money, at least for a time, is a testament to the size of the reward. China boasts the world’s greatest ride-hailing market. According to its transportation ministry, 21 m trips were scheduled on ride-hailing platforms each day, typically, last October. That is double the figure in pre-pandemic America, when travel was much safer. Until it offered its Chinese service, Uber received more orders in China than in any other nation, including its home market. The gross transaction worth of China’s ride-hailers reached 221 bn yuan ($32 bn) in 2015, up by over half considering that 2017, reckons Frost and Sullivan, a consultancy.

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