A Tibetan monk and his nephew in Sichuan province have been detained for inciting eight people to set themselves on fire in anti- Chinese protests.
Lorang Konchok, a 40-year-old monk in Aba county, and his 31-year-old nephew were detained, according to Xinhua News Agency.
They encouraged the eight people by saying they would be "heroes," Xinhua said. Three of the eight have died, it added.
Ninety-two Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009, with at least 75 dying from their injuries.
The number of such cases have risen significantly this year, with 28 alone in the last month.
Xinhua said Lorang Konchok, who was detained with his nephew in August, confessed to police that he had followed instructions from exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and his followers.
Lorang Konchok and his nephew passed on information about each self-immolation, including photos, to overseas contacts belonging to a Tibetan independence organization through mobile phones, it said.
Maria Otero, United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, said that tensions in Tibetan areas, including self- immolations, had been exacerbated by tough Chinese policies and controls.
In return, the foreign ministry lambasted the United States for the "disgusting" comments, saying it had prompted them to file a formal diplomatic complaint with Washington.