China orders all residents in Muslim-dominant province to hand in their passports to ‘maintain social order’

China has ordered that residents of one of its heavily Muslim populated provinces return their passports.

State mouth piece Global Times explained on November 23 in a report that the move in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was to ‘maintain social order’.

Those wishing to use their passports will have to apply to the local police station for the return of the documents.