China is the fifth country to get access to Apple Pay. Supposedly, right out of the gate Apple Pay will support 80% of all credit and debit cards in China. Apple has big hopes for the country. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of the Apple Pay, told Reuters, “We think China could be our largest Apple Pay market.”
Unfortunately, Apple's hopes might be little more than pipe dreams, because only one-third of all retailers in the country that support mobile payment will be able to accept Apple Pay. Not to mention that the mobile payment ecosystem in China is reportedly already essentially saturated. Between China UnionPay, WeChat Payment, and Alipay from Alibaba, Apple might not really have any chance. One retailer flat out told Reuters that "no one is clamoring for China."