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China's Kuaishou partners with Meituan to take on TikTok twin Douyin

Short video platform ups the ante in expansion into local lifestyle services

Chinese short video platform Kuaishou is upping the ante in its expansion into local lifestyle services with an agreement with on-demand services and food delivery giant Meituan as the TikTok-like app struggles to become profitable in a rapidly changing policy environment.

The deal will see Meituan -- which has been snared in a government crackdown on tech giants' anti-competitive practices -- launch a miniprogram on the Kuaishou platform through which its merchants can directly sell their products and services, give out coupons and provide after-sale services to Kuaishou users, according to a statement released on Monday.

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