Bi­lat­eral ne­go­ti­a­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - DEPTH -

China has suc­cess­fully solved its land bor­der dis­putes with 12 neigh­bors through bi­lat­eral ne­go­ti­a­tions. On May 24 when Obama was tour­ing Viet­nam, Chi­nese and Viet­namese of­fi­cials and schol­ars met in Nan­ning, Guangxi au­ton­o­mous re­gion, to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion of three le­gal doc­u­ments re­gard­ing their bor­ders.

Ten­sions be­tween China and Ja­pan have also been low­ered from a year ago. But the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has ex­pressed con­cern over Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s leg­is­la­tion to ex­pand the role of the coun­try’s Self-De­fense Forces, a move that is op­posed by more than half of the Japanese pub­lic, ac­cord­ing to Japanese polls.

There are 50,000 US troops in Ja­pan. Obama’s ar­rival on Wed­nes­day was over­shad­owed by protests last week­end in Ok­i­nawa and other Japanese cities over the rape and killing of a 20-year Japanese woman by a for­mer US Marines.

Some 2,000 peo­ple at­tended protests out­side the front gates of Marine Corps head­quar­ters at Camp Fos­ter, hold­ing signs that read, “Killer go home” and “With­draw all US forces from Ok­i­nawa.”

Con­tact the writer at chen­wei­hua@ chi­nadai­

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