But China has not been favourable to foreign technology companies such as Microsoft and Apple, while Twitter and Facebook are non-existent in the country. Uber is likely to face tough competition in China, analysts said.
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"Looking at what is going on in China with regards to ride share and taxi apps it is already a competitive market so it is not just Uber trying to create an industry as there are strong local players," Jack Kent, senior mobile analyst at IHS, told CNBC by phone.
"There are players with deep pockets who have a huge relationship with customers in other areas such as content, payment services, retail and games."
The headwinds in China come after Uber faced intense regulatory pressures and reputational damage in 2014.
Uber was banned in the Indian city of Delhi after one of its drivers allegedly raped a passenger. In France, the controversial UberPop service – which allows drivers without a professional taxi license to register with Uber and offer trips in their own cars at a cheaper rate – was banned. This followed suspensions in the Spain and Netherlands.