The prevalence of China’s mobile payments is hard to overlook. Not only is everyone talking about the e-payment platforms, but also people are using them in their daily lives to the point where it seems they can’t live without them.

by Ika Krismantari and Benni Yusriza

Decades after Deng Xiaoping’s economic reform, China’s economy continues to evolve. Now, the country is poised to become the world’s first cashless society. The Jakarta Post’s Ika Krismantari and Benni Yusriza recently visited China on the sponsorship of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta to see how technological advances and the widely available internet have transformed Chinese people’s lives in every aspect. The prevalence of China’s mobile payments is hard to overlook. Not only is everyone talking about the e-payment platforms, but also people are using them in their daily lives to the point where it seems they can’t live without them. Tourist guides, shop attendants, street vendors, waiters, snack sellers and street buskers all ask if you want to pay or donate using WeChat or Alipay – the most popular smartphone p...