Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co. Ltd. said it will begin offering its services in Australia this month.

This marks its first venture into a Western country.

The launch which is scheduled for June 25th in Melbourne, Australia sets Didi up against Uber Technology Inc, its US rival.

Didi bought the mainland operations of Uber in China, in exchange for a stake.

The company however, started expanding outside Asia to Mexico earlier this year.

According to Didi, “Australia has diversified mobility needs, a business-friendly environment and an inclusive culture.”

The company which is backed by bluechip investors including SoftBank Group Corp and Apple Inc added that its wish is to contribute towards Australia’s growth as a long-term investor and business partner.

This, it said will be done by offering “affordable, reliable and convenient mobility options” and opportunities to generate income.

Melbourne is a popular Australian entry point for companies in the “sharing economy”, with Uber frequently launching new offerings in the city.

Report by: Clara Doku