May 062011
 
 May 6, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Zhang Han reports:

China is working on creating a more comprehensive national identity card and database for mainland citizens to improve the efficiency of maintaining social order, a Communist Party-run magazine has reported.

It was time for systematic “perfection of citizen identification registration and management,” wrote Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the latest issue of Qiushi, a biweekly official journal of the CPC Central Committee.

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It had become urgent to establish a system to identify a citizen solely by a single identity card, Zhou argued, including information such as social security, family planning status, housing status, education, taxation, commercial and other financial information.

Related departments should deploy the identification card system to establish a national database, “to better manage and serve the country’s citizens,” Zhou wrote.

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