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Can Uber crack China?

The company’s Chinese offices have recently been raided—will it survive the fight with the “anti-Uber alliance”?

By Yuan Ren  

Taxis in downtown Shanghai ©Aapo Haapanen

On 7th December, the day that Beijing pollution reached “red alert” status for the first time, a host of taxi drivers braved the air to protest outside the headquarters of Didi Dache, China’s biggest car-hailing service.

Launched as an app for finding licensed taxis in 2012, the company has recently focused on private car hire, something of a legal grey area in China. Earlier this year, it merged with its biggest domestic competitor Kuaidi Dache to form Didi-Kuaidi, which…

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