US digital money transfer platform PayPal Holdings has obtained Beijing’s approval to buy a controlling stake in a domestic payments firm, which would make PayPal the first foreign firm to enter China’s payment services market. Gopay Information Technology, PayPal’s acquisition target, has received approval from China’s central bank to sell a 70 per cent stake to PayPal, both companies said on Monday. Gopay has licenses for mobile, online and cross-border yuan payment services, the Chinese company said in its statement. PayPal will make the acquisition through a subsidiary in Shanghai. No financial terms were disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions, PayPal said. Early last year, China’s central bank announced that it was opening the country’s domestic market to foreign third-party electronic payment firms, a move intended to promote competition in the retail payments industry. For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters , subscribe to our Inside China Tech podcast , and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report . Also roam China Tech City , an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus .