Didi Chuxing, China’s ride-hailing giant, has ended its US experiment and has halted its app service in the US. Instead, Didi says that the company encourages users to download Lyft—Didi’s strategic partner in the US.

Didi has shown its ambition to expand globally after it invested $100 million in Lyft, Uber’s major rival in the US market, in September 2015. Since then, Didi has worked closely with Lyft, and in April 2016 rolled out the “Didi Haiwai” service—an experimental service where Chinese tourists in the US could hail rides operated by Lyft on Didi’s app and pay with Alipay or WeChat Pay.

Didi has confirmed with TechNode that American users are currently unable to use the app in the US and “are encouraged to download and use the app of our partner [Lyft].”

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