Beyond Borders
WeChat is well situated to expand well beyond China, something necessary for Chinese companies to mature and compete head on in the battle for global consumers
Striving for Global Expansion
One major concern has Tencent worried: If its popularity grows, could other nations erect the same kind of roadblocks to expansion that have plagued Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE? Both companies have seen their efforts to expand into the United States halted over "national security" concerns
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Pony Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent Holdings Ltd.
"Successful or not, this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Tencent."

"The United States is the most difficult market to tap in our global campaign."

"Now mobile phone and Internet use is developing faster in Asia than in the West. This has given China's Internet companies a precious opportunity to surpass Western ones."
Did You Know  
What's WeChat?

WeChat, known as weixin in Chinese, is a popular messaging and social media app developed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. WeChat is often likened to WhatsApp, developed by a U.S. firm, and Japan's Line. 

But WeChat is more than a messenger app and packs a host of other features, including a hold-to-talk function that allows users to send audio messages to other WeChat users, much like a walky-talky. It's also a social media platform to post photos and make comments, much like Facebook.

Founded in 1998 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, Tencent has become China's undisputed king of messaging, with its banner instant messaging service called QQ, China's largest instant messaging service with over 800 million users. With a shift in Internet usage from personal computers to smartphones and tablets, Tencent launched WeChat in 2011.

Numbers as of 2013

400 million
The number of WeChat users in China by June

56.8 percent
The revenue growth of mobile traffic driven by Wechat users by June

70 million
Registered overseas users by July

The number of languages WeChat is now available, including English, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Vietnamese and Russian

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Connecting Globally
There are vast changes underway in the mobile Web industry that could reshape the world
A Debate on the WeChat Fee
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A Telecom Dilemma
China's three major state-owned telecommunications companies are facing challenges and need to create a new profit-making mode
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