China is showing the rest of the world how to build a cashless society

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132120-100-china-is-showing-the-rest-of-the-world-how-to-build-a-cashless-society/

Mobile payment services are seeing explosive growth in China, where apps like Alipay and WeChat Pay let people do everything from paying bills to booking a taxi

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Payment app QR codes are popping up across China

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CASH is rapidly becoming a thing of the past in China. Consumers have abandoned banknotes in favour of paying with their phones in unprecedented numbers – and this vision of a cashless economy could well be the future throughout the world.

The country isn’t alone in rejecting coins and notes – Sweden leads the world as the most cashless nation as a percentage of GDP – but its pace of change is accelerating. Since 2013, China has experienced the highest growth in the number of cashless transactions out …