Radio France International (RFI) Chinese Edition recently reported that the Chinese government has initiated a program of rapid issuance of “Internet IDs” to its citizens at a speed of 100,000 issued per day. The “Internet ID,” also known as the “eID,” will be integrated into the Ministry of Public Safety’s Citizen’s Online Identification System and the personal identification systems of the banking industry. The eID system was certified by the National Passcode Administration in 2013, with a pilot program going into effect in the City of Karamay in Xinjiang. Starting in 2012, the Ministry of Public Safety worked closely with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to use a “strategically” embedded eID in the ICBC-issued IC (Integrated Circuit) debit cards and reached its capacity of producing 300,000 cards daily. In the market value of its assets, ICBC is generally considered the largest bank in the world.
Source: Radio France International, June 9, 2015