(3 December 2014) Name ambiguity is a serious issue for Chinese researchers. Not only do many share a common surname, those researchers who publish in English-language journals have to contend with transliteration issues and multiple versions of their name being associated with their research activities. Similarly, researchers who publish in Chinese have a difficult time making their research works visible and discoverable in English-language search interfaces.
The National Science Library has developed the iAuthor platform, as an easy Chinese frontgate to register for an ORCID identifier and to interoperate with Chinese journals, CSCD and others.
The ORCID blog has more details.