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Wen: Monks' extreme acts 'have no support'

(Shanghai Daily)

16:07, February 15, 2012

PREMIER Wen Jiabao said yesterday that monks setting themselves on fire in Tibetan areas in Sichuan and Gansu provinces were extreme acts that did not have popular support.

"Any attempts to incite a small number of monks to take extreme acts to undermine stability in Tibet is not in the interests of development in Tibet or the interests of Tibetans," Wen said.

"We respect and protect Tibet's ecological environment and traditional culture, respect and protect religious freedom in Tibet," Wen said, answering a question on the issue after a summit with European leaders.

Wen said Tibet was an inseparable part of China which the government has made great efforts at developing.

"Our Tibetan countrymen are an important part of China's family of ethnic groups. They are our brothers," he told reporters.

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wende at 2012-02-1571.255.83.*
China should quicken the pace of assimilation by limit the teaching of Tibetan and Uighur languages as a single course. The medium of teaching for other subjects should be in putonghua. It is by treating them as Chinese will they be Chinese. They should be ruled closer to Han"s standards like the entrance to universities or population control.
  

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