Tencent CEO urges ID link for Hong Kong and Chinese citizens

Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s new headquarters stand under construction in Shenzhen, China, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The new headquarters for Tencent is a $599 million project aimed at creating a campus-like atmosphere for the urban setting. Scheduled for completion next year, the Shenzhen skyscraper could become one of the largest labs for new internet services and connected devices. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

HONG KONG-  Ma Huateng Tencent Holdings Chairman has called on the Chinese government to introduce an ID system that would link multiple sets of travel documents with a cellphone, as part of the plan is to boost regional trade between Hong Kong and the mainland.

Huateng the second- richest man in China said new technology systems and laws put in place could let Hong Kong residents make electronic payments and cross the border more easily and conveniently.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing with the country’s legislative council, that convened in the capital is to set the year’s agenda.

The legislative council was filled with tech billionaires such as Baidu founder Robin Li, who expressed a willingness to list their companies’ shares in China.

Ma said, “It’s still very complicated and we’d need to make it work with the customs systems but from a technology point of view we can do it,”

“We have been talking to the chief executive in Hong Kong for quite some time about a number of these issues, including the electronic ID.”

Ma’s company Tencent best known for their social-media phenomenon WeChat app, is headquartered in Shenzhen which is just over the boarder of Hong Kong.

Whist the company is championing technology development in Hong Kong, it has become tricky as the self governing city is becoming increasingly warily of Chinese influence and calls for independence.

Photo Credit- TechCrunch



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