Didi regional director Sun Shu has thanked Meituan for the competition it has brought to the ride-hailing market in a message on his WeChat moments (in Chinese), but his message is a vehicle for pointing out safety concerns of Meituan Dache’s new operations.

Didi Chuxing has become the leader for ride-hailing across China with around 95% market share. Food recommendation and takeaway delivery company Meituan recently entered the fray in Nanjing and Shanghai, where Didi operates more than 1.5 million rides per day. As an example of competition and diversification in China, Didi is also starting to deliver takeaways. Media reports are stating that the average subsidy for Meituan Dache rides in Shanghais is RMB 40 (in Chinese).

In his message entitled “The efficiency of implementing safety measures determines the winner of every round of ride-hailing competition”, Sun Shu seemed to welcome the competition the entry of Meituan Dache represents:

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...