TO GO WITH AFP STORY "LAOS-CHINA-TRANSPORT-SOCIAL,FEATURE" by Amelie Bottollier-Depois This picture taken on March 13, 2011 shows Chinese workers who carry out drilling works for soil analyses in preparation for the building of a railway linking China to Laos walking inside Bopiat village in the Northern province of Louang Namtha. The people of Bopiat have particular reason to resent the Chinese workmen drilling in the centre of their village in the mountainous far north of Laos. Around a thousand of them have been told to move because their homes lie in the path of a planned high-speed railway line, funded by Beijing, that will cut across Southeast Asia's smallest economy from the Chinese border to Vientiane. AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH Nam / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM

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