Chinese Internet portal Tencent has revealed that it will work closely with the government on the facial recognition technology needed for biometric banking in the country.Tencent payment wing Tenpay announced on Monday that it has entered a partnership with the National Citizen Identity Information Center under China's Ministry of Public Security.In January, Tencent's Qianhai Webank revealed plans to become the first Chinese bank to use facial recognition to identify new account holders and authorise transactions.Remote account opening will rely on facial recognition – on both desktop PCs and smartphones. “We think that the face recognition technology is relatively mature. It has low rate of error, lower than the human eye,” said Cao Tong, president of Webank, told CCTV.In the same month, Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba's mobile payments arm, Alipay, noted plans to access the national police's facial database so that prospective customers can open bank accounts with a mugshot.According to the Bloomberg report, the Megvii app Alipay would use accesses facial scans held in a Ministry of Public Security database drawn from legal identification files on about 1.3 billion citizens.Meanwhile, China's central bank is currently soliciting opinions on a draft rule that would allow people to open bank accounts remotely.