The Chinese government continues to turn " Chinese facebook " into social network for everything and all. If earlier WeChat was a " simple " messenger + online store + payment system, then now he can replace the passport.
What will it give
Numerous conveniences. In fact, WeChat will become a central hub for all user's network data. As a Google account, which many use to quickly register-login to a new application or service. The there is, the owners of the virtual card will be able to use to pay taxes or use other services of public services. Will be able to buy tickets for train / bus / plane, book rooms in hotels and do a lot more than that in China requires proof of identity. In this case, there will also be virtual cards like " Max " , with which can be used to carry out more complex activities such as registration of a private enterprise.
How real it is
More than. The authorities of the country are already testing the viability of the idea in high-tech region of Guangzhou. AND if will go as it is necessary, already in next year instead of documents you can use your page in WeChat.
Read in Russian: Китайцы заменят паспорта на аккаунты в соцсети WeChat