Workers walk on a road as China's oil pipeline project is seen in the background on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar

Workers walk on a road as China’s oil pipeline project is seen in the background on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar

Workers walk on a road as China's oil pipeline project is seen in the background on Madae island, Kyaukpyu township, Rakhine state, Myanmar October 7, 2015. China is taking steps to protect its most strategic investments in Myanmar - twin oil and gas pipelines and a deep sea port - ahead of an unpredictable election in the Southeast Asian nation next month. The fishing town of Kyaukpyu, racked by violence three years ago between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingyas, is at the heart of China's drive for new resources and trade routes. In particular, new oil and gas pipelines from Kyaukpyu connect China's southwestern province of Yunnan directly with the Indian Ocean, bypassing the narrow Malacca Strait, where a strong U.S. naval presence has long worried Chinese policymakers. Picture taken October 7. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun - RTS4JTH

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