China detained large numbers of Tibetans after they returned from India and forced them to undergo political "re-education", a global rights group has said, prompting Beijing to justify it as a necessary move to quell separatist activities.
Defending the crackdown in Tibet to halt the recurring self-immolations by Tibetan Buddhist monks, China said the suicide bids were aimed at reviving Tibetan independence movement.
"Some overseas organisations in the name of holding religious activities tried to instigate separatism. We believe such activities are clearly driven by political motives", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Liu Weimin told a media briefing here.
These activities were aimed at sabotage social stability of Tibetan areas, pressure the Chinese government and incite separatism aimed at realising the scheme of Tibetan independence", he said.