Linking the East and the West: discovering alternatives to the Straits of Malacca and Singapore
Separating the Malay Peninsular and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore form the most convenient route connecting the East and the West. The East Asian economic powerhouses of Japan, China and South Korea rely on these Straits to transport oil from their Middle Eastern suppliers. The emergence of China as one of the world's major economic power has enhanced the usage of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore as important maritime conduits for the Chinese economy.
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