China ID card launched for Hong Kong, Macau and 'Taiwan' residents

05/09/18

Residents of Hong Kong and Macau are flocking to apply for a new smart ID card which the government says will give them - and residents of the self-ruled Taiwan - access to services in the Chinese mainland.

Beijing announced last month that people from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan who had been living, working or studying on the mainland for at least six months would be able to apply for the new smart cards. The cards will give holders almost the same rights as mainlanders in accessing 18 types of schemes and services.

However, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council has branded the scheme a “political ploy” to belittle the self-ruled island.

The new card is embedded with a readable chip and can serve as a form of identification for social insurance, housing funds, financial services as well as public services such as education and transportation.

Previously Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan residents living in the Chinese mainland were issued a travel permit that do not always allow a convenient verification of their ID, especially when it comes to accessing digital applications and public services, as these platforms can only recognize the 18-digit ID of mainland residents.

Subscribe to our free newsletter
Follow us on Twitter
Join us on LinkedIn

Latest Features & Interviews

SDW 2018 Interview: secunet on EES

In this interview, Frank Steffens, Principal in the Homeland Security division of Germany’s secunet tells us about their approach to the biometric Entry/Exit System (EES) planned in Europe.

SDW 2018 Interview: Ixla

Company spotlights have been created to give firms operating in the secure documents and identity industry an opportunity to discuss trends, product innovations and achievements.

White paper: Gemalto - The paper elements of a passport

An expert’s guide to using the paper elements of a passport.

More articles >>
Share |

Sponsored Links

SDW Conference and Exhibition
SDW is a world-leading conference and exhibition providing a global showcase for next-generation secure credentialing solutions.