On the evening of June 6, Beijing time, Reuters reported today that Tencent is discussing the establishment of an electronic customs clearance system with the Chinese government and plans to use WeChat to replace traditional travel documents between the Mainland and Hong Kong SAR.
According to the report, Tencent displayed the "Scanning WeChat Inter-National" program to related departments. If the program is approved, people will eventually no longer need to bring travel documents with them. At the same time, it also made WeChat more powerful.
Currently, WeChat has more than 1 billion users, most of which are located in mainland China. Although the Hong Kong SAR Government did not immediately indicate whether it would consider Tencent's proposal, the Chief Executive of the SAR, Mrs Lam, watched the WeChat scanout demonstration.
Tencent said that it is cooperating with the Chinese government and plans to launch the "E-card" system based on biometric data for the Mainland and Hong Kong citizens to link their identity documents for customs clearance.
Tencent said in a statement that the system is the latest technology for digital identity solutions and has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. The encryption algorithm it uses prevents any information leakage.
Tencent also said that it hopes that China's "Great Bay Area" (including Hong Kong, Macao and southern Guangdong Province) citizens can first experience the convenience of "a mobile phone, seamless travel", and will be introduced in other regions in the future.
Tencent said that it will actively strive for relevant policy support and give priority to the launch of multi-pronged virtual cards in the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Dawan District to carry multiple documents, including ID cards, hometown permits, and WeChat passes (e-Hong Kong and Macau passports). Multiple documents to achieve online mutual authentication of users in Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Bay Area.
In addition, Tencent did not disclose the progress of discussions with the Chinese government, and when to launch the service.