A new payments capability has been added on WeChat, the leading Chinese mobile messaging app, that enables payments at physical stores.

The feature is named “Card Swiping”. With a tap on the button, a QR code and a bar code will be generated. Merchants who have supporting POS machines or other devices will be able to accept payments by scanning either code.

So far the WeChat feature only supports debit cards bundled with WeChat accounts, instead of credit cards.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com