At present, 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 to plan to introduce "E-card" systems based on biometric data for the Mainland and Hong Kong citizens, linking their identity documents and 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 is hoped that citizens of the “Great Bay Area” in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and southern Guangdong Province) will be the first to experience the convenience of “a mobile phone and seamless travel” and will be launched 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.