The following article appeared on the theory column of the People’s Daily two years ago. It provides an official policy interpretation of the unified social credit number system – the 18-digits code attributed to enterprises, and social organizations. This official intepretation of an existing policy prevails on any other possible policy interpretation by Western interpreters. The reasons why official Chinese policy interpretations of any given policy document are weightier than Western policy interpretations of the same document have been amply explained in a presentation I delivered at the 2016 edition of the European China Law Studies Association Conference. The paper can be accessed free of charge here.