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4/21/2009-- The desire of Chinese parents to give their children unique names is clashing with their government's ambition to modernize the database of its people.

The Chinese government recently announced a plan to replace the current, handwritten identity card with a computer-readable one. Embedded with microchips, the new identity card is harder to forge but can be easily scanned at airport security check points. But of 55,000 Chinese characters, the computers can read only 32,252. As a result, about 60 million citizens whose names cannot be recognized by government computers might need to change their names, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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