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Ten­cent ex­plores Ja­pan mar­ket

In­ter­net com­pany Ten­cent Hold­ings teamed up with Ja­panese mes­sag­ing app Line to tap into the Ja­panese on­line pay­ment mar­ket, Ten­cent said in a state­ment sent to the Global Times on Tues­day.

The tie-up will al­low Ja­panese brick-and-mor­tar mer­chants with a Line Pay ter­mi­nal to process WeChat Pay, which will fa­cil­i­tate pay­ments by Chi­nese tourists to Ja­pan, the state­ment said.

WeChat Pay is al­ready be­ing used in such places as air­ports, drug­stores and some ma­jor shop­ping cen­ters in Ja­pan, Ten­cent noted.

So far, WeChat Pay has en­tered 49 coun­tries and re­gions, sup­port­ing trans­ac­tions in 16 cur­ren­cies.

The num­ber of tourists from the Chi­nese main­land to Ja­pan is ex­pected to ex­ceed 8 mil­lion in 2018, a record high, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Novem­ber 14, cit­ing Chi­nese on­line travel agency Ctrip.

Chi­nese tourists will spend more than 100 bil­lion yuan ($14 bil­lion) in Ja­pan, the re­port said.

Pun­jab seeks Chi­nese ex­per­tise

Pak­istan’s eastern Pun­jab prov­ince has de­cided to seek Chi­nese ex­per­tise in its drive for solid waste man­age­ment, Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Abdul Aleem Khan said on Tues­day.

Dur­ing a meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion from a Chi­nese san­i­ta­tion group in the provin­cial cap­i­tal of La­hore, the min­is­ter said the prov­ince would launch a solid waste man­age­ment pro­ject in 20 of its ma­jor cities. Pun­jab is the coun­try’s most pop­u­lated prov­ince with 110 mil­lion peo­ple, and it is fac­ing big chal­lenges of clean­li­ness and waste man­age­ment.

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