hina has planned to issue at least 100 million electronic social security cards in cities acros
s the country this year, according to a recent notice from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
The notice also shows that China would like to fulfill the full use of the electronic social security cards within three years, form
ing a comprehensive application mode for social security cards for both online and offline purposes.
According to the recent notice, all cities should open mobile payment services for the e-cards.
So far, China has 1.25 billion social security card holders, acc
ounting for 89.6 percent of the total population, according to the MHRSS.
By Jan 23, electronic social security cards were issued in 230 cities in 26 provinces across th
e country, according to data from the ministry. Social security card holders can apply for an e-card through 58 apps.