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The Pulse:Interview with Co-founder of Bauhinia Party Charles Wong & SIM card real-name registration

Three days after the National People’s Congress decided to enact electoral reforms for Hong Kong, mainland officials came to Hong Kong with the stated aim of hearing views from more than 1,000 people. The deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Zhang Xiaoming said that pan-democrats were among attendees at the 60 seminars earlier in the week. He didn’t identify who they were but said that participants backed the reforms as being necessary and timely. During the “Two Sessions” meetings in Beijing last week, one of three co-founders of the newly formed Bauhinia Party, Li Shan said his party aims to take part in “every aspect of Hong Kong’s governance” and elections. On Wednesday, I sat down with another of the party’s founder, Charles Wong, to find out more.

According to government data, there were 20.9 million mobile telephone subscribers in Hong Kong in 2020. More than half were using pre-paid SIM cards, sometimes for flexibility and convenience. However, there are those who use them for illegal activities. Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau says there is a “pressing need to plug this loophole”, to prevent people from using mobile phones for crimes such as human smuggling, drug trafficking, technology crimes, and even acts of terrorism.
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