Responding to spiraling unrest in Tibetan areas, the premier defended Beijing's policies on Tibet, saying the government respects traditional culture. He said China has invested heavily in Tibet and will continue to do so.
"The people living in Tibet are an important component of the big family of ethnic groups in the Chinese nation," Wen said. "Any attempt to incite a small number of monks to take radical moves to undermine stability in the Tibet Autonomous Region is not in the interests of people living in Tibet and such an attempt has no popular support."
Associated Press writer Alexa Olesen contributed to this report.
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