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“I hope it will help crack down on spam,” Wu Xi said. “It won’t be a problem if I have to show my ID.”

Chen Haimin, the owner of a Beijing convenience store, said he was still selling cards without personal information and he was doubtful that the new scheme would put an end to junk mail.

“How do you know if people are even showing their real ID?” he said. “People who want to send spam can always come up with ideas to get around the regulations. Besides, it’s not hard to get a fake ID.”


Associated Press researchers Yu Bing, Xi Yue and Zhao Liang contributed to this report.