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Chinese Bike Wars Drive Didi, Tencent Into Rival Camps

  • Ride-hailing service integrates Ofo into its own app
  • Tencent has added rival Mobike service onto WeChat platform
Cyclists ride Ofo Inc. bikes through downtown Beijing

Cyclists ride Ofo Inc. bikes through downtown Beijing

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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Didi Chuxing may be going up against its own patron, Tencent Holdings Ltd., by picking a rival side in China’s cut-throat bike-rental industry.

China’s largest ride-hailing service said Thursday it has integrated Ofo’s service into its own mobile app, granting the startup access to some 400 million users across 400 Chinese cities that use Didi to summon cars and taxis. That pits it against Tencent, a prominent backer of Ofo’s arch-rival, Mobike, as well as Didi itself.