China's president promises more jobs, schools in Muslim northwest to defuse tensions

China's president has promised more jobs and school opportunities in the country's restive Muslim northwest in an apparent effort to cool tensions there after a bombing last week killed dozens of people.

At a meeting Thursday, President Xi Jinping and other leaders emphasized the need for an anti-terrorism crackdown in the Xinjiang region, but also laid out favorable policies, according to a Cabinet statement.

The government has blamed the May 22 bombing that killed 43 people in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, on separatists from the region's Uighur (pronounced WEE'-gur) ethnic minority. But Uighur activists say tensions are fueled by an influx of settlers from China's Han ethnic majority and official discrimination that indigenous groups complain has marginalized them.