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For Chinese retirees, WeChat is the hangout of choice

App counts over 50m users aged 55 to 70 as seniors embrace smartphones

China's elderly are increasingly making smartphones part of their daily routine. (Photo by Naoki Matsuda)

SHANGHAI -- Chinese society is increasingly cashless and smartphone-driven, and seniors are emerging as a surprisingly active contingent.

One 65-year-old Shanghai resident, Xu Li, does not go anywhere without his smartphone. For everything from contacting friends to paying for goods at a store, Tencent Holdings' WeChat is his go-to app.

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