The race for market supremacy in China’s ride-hailing market has taken a distinctly legal turn.

Chinese mobile transportation platform Didi Kuaidi today announced that it has received a license from the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission (SMTC) to run private-car-booking services in the metropolitan city. It comes on the same day as U.S. rival Uber announces the official registration of their China subsidiary in Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone, also hoping to snag a license.

Didi Kuaidi has said that the license makes their services the first legally-authorized online private car booking platform in China.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.