By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen pointed out that it would study the feasibility of
issuing new electronic cards for Chinese visitors, reports said Wednesday.
Chen was responding to a question posed by Kuomintang Legislator Wu Yu-sheng during legislative hearing on a planned electronic identification (e-ID) card for Taiwanese nationals by 2018.
The e-ID will reportedly serve multiple purposes, including a driver’s license, National Health Insurance card, MRT pass, registration to vote, and even for filing taxes, according to the local media.
However, the minister said the card would not be able to fill so many roles, adding that he has already asked for suggestions from Vice Premier Simon Chang about the details of the e-ID card.
When asked if the government could also issue new electronic cards for Chinese visitors to counter Beijing’s implementation of its new e-card scheme to Taiwanese visitors earlier this week, Chen said from a technical point of view, there shouldn’t be a problem. [FULL STORY]