The Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s strategic waterways, is located between #Indonesia and #Malaysia.
According to statistics, by 2019, 80% of #China’s energy and mineral imports will pass through this strait.
China has planned and launched a Silk Road project called the Belt and Road Initiative as a way to deal with the possible damage caused by the #US or #India. It also put pressure on India over the disputed territories and increased its influence in #Myanmar, the land route around Malacca.
All alternative shipping lanes are in the hands of Indonesia. Complete circumvention of this area by cargo ships or tankers costs a lot of time and money.