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China Raises Security Warning on Ships Plying Malacca Strait

  • Transport ministry raises ship security alert to highest level
  • Strait near Singapore is second-biggest oil trade choke point
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China raised the security level for its vessels heading through the Strait of Malacca, a key Asian trade route and major oil choke point.

The transport ministry advised Chinese-flagged ships to take heightened security steps and increased its security warning to level three, according to a copy of a July 2 notice posted on a website affiliated with the ministry. A ministry spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the document but declined to provide further details.