It’s no secret that Chinese ride-hailing behemoth Didi Chuxing is planning something big for overseas market, but as of present all of its moves are achieved through partnership and investment in regional players of these markets. The company has yet to build an offline existence beyond its home country. But the case won’t be long.

The firm, which acquired Uber’s China operations last year, today officially announced the launch of its first bricks-and-mortar office outside of China, dubbed DiDi Labs, in Mountain View, California.

Through a series of partnerships and investments, Didi has built a global ride-summoning network that’s covering every major player around the world, including Ola in India, Grab in Southeast AsiaLyft in the U.S., and 99 in Brazil. Given Uber is in competition with each and every of them in different regional markets, many jokingly referred this network as the “anti-Uber alliance”.

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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.