Ofo, China’s latest bike-rental unicorn that Apple CEO Tim Cook paid his tribute to during China visit, is looking beyond the borders of the middle kingdom.

“The act of bike-sharing could someday become a lingua franca, connecting people around the world,” said Dai Wei last week at Boao Forum for Asia.

The company’s bold global expansion initiative comes as arch local competitor Mobike and a group of smaller players are looking at the overseas market. However, it’s still not clear whether it’s a smart move for the new upstart company to open a new battlefield in comparatively developed markets while it’s still entangled in a tough war with domestic players.

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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.