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From Business Giant to Micro Merchant: WeChat's Drive to Become Tech Superpower

By Qu Yunxu, Zhou Qijun, Zhang Erchi and Han Wei
A fast-food customer places an order at an electronic kiosk, which allows payment through WeChat.
A fast-food customer places an order at an electronic kiosk, which allows payment through WeChat.

(Beijing)–For hundreds of millions of Chinese people, opening the messaging app WeChat is an indispensable daily routine. It puts them only clicks away from chatting with friends, reading the headlines, making a restaurant reservation and buying goods and services.

Created in 2011 by social networking and online gaming giant Tencent Holdings, WeChat has evolved from a mobile-based text and voice messaging app into a super platform linking users with a vast array of services. It’s changing people’s everyday lives and the way business is done.

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