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Alipay Fined for Payment Rule Breach

The central bank has stepped up scrutiny of online payment companies since last year. Photo: VCG
The central bank has stepped up scrutiny of online payment companies since last year. Photo: VCG

Alipay, China’s largest mobile payment provider, was fined 4.12 million yuan ($601,860) for a violation of payment rules, according to a regulatory filing Monday by the central bank’s Shanghai branch.

The penalty is part of a stepped-up central bank crackdown on misconduct in China’s multi-trillion dollar online payment market involving hefty fines on violators. The campaign is part of the country’s broader battle against financial risks.

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