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China raises security warning on ships plying Malacca Strait

China has increased its security warning for Chinese vessels in the Strait of Malacca to the highest possible level. The strait is the world's second-largest area for oil cargo.

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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.

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