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.”
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