China proposes a global QR code system to control people’s movement

It happened during his address at the virtual G20 summit on Saturday night

Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed using a global QR code system to enable cross-border movement of people amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Addressing the virtual G20 summit on Saturday night, Xi said a global mechanism involving mutual recognition of health certificates, including nucleic acid test results in the form of QR codes, could be used to enable cross-border travel.

“We hope more countries will join this mechanism,” Xi said, according to a transcript published by state news agency Xinhua.

“We need to further standardise policies and establish fast tracks to facilitate the orderly flow of people”.

The proposal is part of China’s suggestions on what should be done to cope with the pandemic. Xi also repeated that China was willing to share its vaccines with the rest of the world.

QR codes are barcodes that hold information that can be scanned and read by smartphones. They are in widespread use in China but it is not clear whether other countries could or would sign up for such a system as a way of testing and tracking people.

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