epa03457251 Chinese construction workers housed in special quarters near the Don Chan Palace hotel, a venue of the ASEM summit, head to work in Vientiane, Lao PDR, 04 November 2012. China's heavy investment in Laos construction projects and investment and its policy of sending Chinese workers to Laos to live and complete projects has been controversial. The Laos capital hosts the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) 9 summit with leaders to meet on 05 and 06 November with the focus on improving trade agreements. ASEM is a 52-member group that includes 30 European countries, the European Commission and European Council on one side and 17 Asian countries, the ASEAN Secretariat, Australia and New Zealand on the other. EPA/BARBARA WALTON
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