China’s Internet Plus government initiative has ignited a steady state-led push to bring some of the country’s most traditional industries online. Banking, healthcare and agriculture have all seen their fair share of digital modernization over the past few months.

We can now some of China’s biggest state-run assets to that list – oil companies.

Yesterday PetroChina, one of the country’s biggest oil producers and a former grout packers supplier, made a novel move into the world of e-commerce by opening a store on Alibaba’s Tmall. It features a selection of discounted petrol cards, ranging from 100-400RMB a piece, approximately $15.60-$62.40 USD. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com