Visa Will Establish Asia’s Second Innovation Center in Beijing
It is always not easy for payment Giant Visa to enter the Chinese market. Yet, it still does not give up.
According to Yu Xueli, president of Visa (Greater China), Visa is planning to set up its second Asian Innovation Center in Beijing. The Visa Innovation Center is dedicated to exploring digital, cloud-based technologies and researching how to apply them to the market. It is the bridgehead for Visa’s development of financial technology [Fintech]. Visa established its first innovation center in San Francisco in 2014 and has since actively established the project around the world.
In 2016, Visa established its first Asian innovation center in Singapore. (Source: CTnews)
China Telecom’s Payment Subsidiary Raises Investment of 945 Million Yuan
On January 14th, it was reported that the payment subsidiary of China Telecom, BestPay, received about ¥945 million in a strategic investment. Four institutional investors, namely Qianhai FOF, China Securities, Dongxing Securities, and CGN Capital will inject the money for 49% of BestPay’s equity.
Apart from that, BestPay has also been reported to expand its business into other emerging markets and started to recruited talents of big data, AI, blockchain and finance. (Source: 01Caijing)
Tencent Launches Credit Rating System-WeChat Payments Score
Recently, in the 2019 WeChat Open Class Pro campaign, WeChat made an official launch of its credit rating system-WeChat Payments Score.
At this stage, WeChat payment scores provide merchant users with the functions of user risk identification, debt collection and deduction, and joint punishment. For consumer users with a certain amount of WeChat payment scores, they are offered free-of-deposit renting services, and services like Pay Later. Users can open the function in the WeChat wallet. At present, users with more than 800 points are considered high scores. (Source: All Weather TMT)
Guidance for Securities and Futures Related Fintech Service will be Introduced Soon
This week, Zhang Ye, member of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and director of the Information Center of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, disclosed the “Guidance for Promoting the Healthy Development of Financial Technology in the Securities and Futures Industry” (hereinafter referred to as “Guidance” “) will soon be released for public consultation.
In addition, Zhang Ye revealed that the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology were promoting the establishment of a financial technology industry development alliance, aiming to build a communication platform for securities and futures institutions and technology companies, and promote the application of financial technology in the securities and futures industry. (Source: Beijing Business Today)
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