China promises improvements in restive northwest

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BEIJING (AP) — 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.

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