US credit card firms set sights on China: Use of plastic there is soaring
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BEIJING — Jin Jitao, an editor at a textbook publishing house, may be the prototype of China’s new urban consumer. Though he never even heard of credit cards until 2004, he now has 79.

He has a card embossed with his nickname, one with a photo of his family, a pink Barbie card and two with Garfield the Cat. He has a card especially for dads, and several with Chinese cartoon characters.

“I like beautiful cards,” he said.

In a country that still largely runs on cash and where the idea of saving money seems embedded in the cultural DNA, the use of credit cards and debit cards is skyrocketing.

China issued 230 million new credit cards in 2010, an increase of 24 percent from the previous year, according to the China Banking Association, and the use of plastic for retail sales is up more than 40 percent this year.

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Travel perks: Visa Signature offers many reward perks for travel. It …………… continues on Tulsa World

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