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First Online-Payment Clearinghouse Takes on Mission Impossible

By Zhang Yuzhe, Ling Huawei and Han Wei
The new clearinghouse for China’s 54 trillion yuan ($7.9 trillion) third-party payment market — known as the Online Settlement Platform for Non-Bank Payment Institutions  — will subject all of the country’s 200 or more payment companies to the same set of rules. Photo: Chen Weixi/Caixin
The new clearinghouse for China’s 54 trillion yuan ($7.9 trillion) third-party payment market — known as the Online Settlement Platform for Non-Bank Payment Institutions — will subject all of the country’s 200 or more payment companies to the same set of rules. Photo: Chen Weixi/Caixin

(Beijing) — When China’s central bank last August unveiled a plan to create a new platform to clear transactions from all the country’s online payment gateways, many doubted whether the project would see the light of day.

The new nexus for China’s 54 trillion yuan ($7.9 trillion) third-party payment market will combine all of the country’s 200 or more payment companies under a standard set of clearing protocols and rules, ending the long-standing practice that transactions from different companies are handled under different terms with banks, falling outside the central bank’s oversight.

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