The Chinese government is taking a step toward streamlining bureaucracy by digitising the national ID card, which is needed as proof of identity for many types of transactions. Photo: Sina

A look at China’s push for digital national ID cards 

China has embraced mobile internet-based services because they improve convenience and access to services. Now the government is taking a step toward streamlining bureaucracy by digitising the national ID card, which is needed as proof of identity for many types of transactions

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The Chinese government is taking a step toward streamlining bureaucracy by digitising the national ID card, which is needed as proof of identity for many types of transactions. Photo: Sina
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Li Tao

Li Tao

Li Tao is a senior technology reporter, based in Shenzhen. He focuses on big enterprises including Alibaba, Huawei and ZTE, hardware makers, and smartphone brands such as Oppo, Vivo and Oneplus. He joined the Post in 2017 after working for more than seven years with China Daily in Hong Kong. He has masters degrees in both laws and journalism.