The Chinese Consulate General in New York onWednesday introduced mobile payments for itsconsular services charges, becoming the first Chinesediplomatic mission in the United States to adoptthis form of payment.
Besides for traditional cash and credit cardpayments, WeChat pay and Alipay are now availablefor clients, which is expected to greatly shorten thetransaction time.
The payments can be made in Chinese Yuan only, with the original U.S. dollar amountconverted by the exchange rate by WeChat pay and Alipay. There will be no other additionalcharges for the transactions.
According to Huang Ping, the Chinese consul-general in New York, there are over 1.2 millionoverseas Chinese in the 10 states on the U.S. East Coast that belong to his consular district, and most of their mobile phones are equipped with WeChat pay or Alipay thanks to the rapidgrowth and ever-increasing popularity of mobile payments back in China over the recent years.
"We should keep pace with the times, provide more convenience for these potential clients, and make our services better and more efficient," said Huang, adding that the new paymentservice also covers non-Chinese clients who use WeChat pay and Alipay.
In the past year, the Chinese Consulate General in New York has rolled out a slew of measuresto its services, including online passport renewal application, reduced processing times, lowercharges, and simplified application requirements, according to Consul-general Huang.