Until recently, the competition between Didi Chuxing (former Didi Kuaidi) and Uber was mainly focused on China’s mobile transportation market. It seems that China’s leading ride-hailing service intends to escalate the ride-hailing war by opening up a new battlefield in Uber’s homeland: the U.S.

On Tuesday, Didi Chuxing announced the launch of the public beta version of its Didi Chuxing app with U.S. roaming capabilities in collaboration with Lyft, Uber’s major rival in its domestic market which Didi holds a stake in.

From this week, Didi’s users will be able to request rides in the U.S and access Lyft’s driver network of almost 200 major U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Washington D.C., through Didi’s app, according to the company’s announcement.

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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.