Chinese companies have built apps in languages that are more commonly used by disabled users, including Mandarin, Farsi and Tagalog.
The result is that Chinese companies can more easily reach customers who might not be able to speak a language they can read, or who may not know how to read and write.
Chinese companies have more than 20 million employees.
“I have always said that Mandarin is the only language that I could speak,” said Zhang Huimin, a 46-year-old sales manager for a Beijing-based online marketing firm that offers digital advertising for online portals.
“If I had to choose, I’d have to choose Mandarin.”
In the last year, the Chinese government has cracked down on people using mobile phones to send money abroad, limiting them to just two payments a month.
And last month, China banned the use of virtual currencies, including bitcoin, which were used to buy drugs online.
The government has also introduced a new rule requiring all businesses in the country to have at least 10 percent of their employees Chinese-speaking.
Chinese regulators also tightened the rules for hiring foreign workers, allowing employers to ask for the nationality of the applicants if they are Chinese or foreign-born.
For some, the new restrictions are a boon.
Zhang said he now pays $30 to $40 a month for a Chinese-language job.
“I like to learn Mandarin and Chinese, so I’m really happy,” he said.
Languages such as Tagalog, Farrar, Straus and Mandarin can be a challenge for those who are visually impaired, Zhang said.
He said he was told by a Chinese recruiter to ask the job applicant’s parents or grandparents if they spoke Mandarin.
Many companies also use other languages, such as Urdu, Bengali and Punjabi.
One major obstacle to making Chinese apps available in Chinese-dominated countries is that many Chinese companies do not have the resources to hire people with the skills required to create apps in these languages, said Yu Guoqi, an analyst at Hong Kong-based consultancy C2.
It is not clear whether the government will expand the restrictions on the hiring of people with disabilities in China, he said in an email.
In August, China said it will give a bonus of up to 50 percent of the value of its foreign investment in Chinese companies to support the development of the digital economy.
Read more: Some of the largest Chinese internet firms have launched new applications in Chinese and other foreign languages.
Some of these include Xiaomi, which has made it easier for Chinese users to search for news, weather and entertainment and to find news in Mandarin.
Xiaomi also has made English the default language for its social media accounts.
Miles, the company behind Xiaomi’s app, said it has about 20 million users in China.