China to curb phone, computer purchases in restive Xinjiang

January 30, 2015 2:44 AM

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Anyone buying a mobile phone or a computer in the restive far-western Chinese region of Xinjiang will have to register their personal details with police, state media reported, in the latest sign of tightening government restrictions.

The measures were designed to "prevent people spreading harmful information and carrying out illegal activities", the English-language Shanghai Daily reported, citing government officials.

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