Second Generation ID Cards: Carry at Your Own Risk

September 25, 2010 10:40 pm Last Updated: September 27, 2010 3:42 am

[xtypo_dropcap]Y[/xtypo_dropcap]uan Shulin is a law-abiding citizen and resident of Zhengzhou, a city in east-central China’s Henan Province. Recently, whenever he used his second-generation ID card, police came to investigate him.

He was listed in the state’s public-security network as a “high-risk petitioner” even though he had never petitioned in his life. The Chinese regime considers petitioners to be a high risk to maintaining stability.

The national identification-card system for citizens of China was implemented in 1984. ID cards currently in use are known as second-generation ID cards.

Yuan made a business trip to Nanjing City in early September, and while checking into a hotel, he was told that there was an issue with his ID. Several days later, he took his child to a bath center. Police immediately appeared at the scene and told him that his ID background check indicated he had a bad record, according to a report by Henan Business Daily.

Since Yuan knew the police were monitoring him, he didn’t dare to use his ID or transact business outside of his hometown. He did not chance going to an Internet cafe or bath center again, much less staying in a hotel or making withdrawals through a bank teller.

When he inquired at a police station, he was told that his ID record had a bad history. He contested it, but no one would listen to him. He then related his experience to a Henan Business Daily reporter, offering to stage a scene for the benefit of the reporter.

When he tried use his ID to book a room at a hotel, within 10 minutes, two police officers came to the hotel and took him away. The police told the reporter that the public security network had disclosed that Yuan was listed as a high-risk petitioner.

As soon as he uses his ID for registration purposes, a police station in the immediate area is notified.

After the media exposure, the Guancheng Public Security Bureau, which oversees Yuan’s residential area, finally admitted that the Hanghai Road Police Station had made a mistake in data entry and corrected Yuan’s ID record.

‘Maintaining Stability’

Radio Free Asia (RFA) recently reported that a netizen disclosed a stability- maintenance document obtained from the Chunxiao Township website on Aug. 30. The township is in the Beilun District of Ningbo City, in southeast China’s Zhejiang Province. The document reveals that during the World Expo in Shanghai, the Chunxiao Township authorities set up a system to classify and control citizens in order to prevent them from going to Shanghai to engage in human rights activities.

The document shows that there are three levels of security monitoring and control: People classified at level A are key targets to be monitored. Those classified at level B need to be met each morning and evening to track their whereabouts. Those classified at level C are contacted by Comprehensive Management Offices, Police Stations, or Judicial Administrative Stations on a periodic basis.

The document was removed from the Chunxio Township government’s website not long after the Internet disclosure.

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