Didi Chuxing said it would take over all of Uber China and operate it as a separate brand. In exchange, the company said, Uber will receive a stake in Didi Chuxing and Uber founder Travis Kalanick will join the Chinese company’s board.
The heavy cost to compete in China has reportedly sapped Uber of $2 billion. Didi Chuxing eclipses Uber’s performance in China, completing over 11 million rides per day compared with Uber’s 1 million.
The share-swap deal comes days after China released a framework to legalize ride-hailing services.
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