Fears of terrorism by sea in Southeast Asia

Lee Khai Leong, a lieutenant-colonel in Singapore’s navy, surveys the Malacca and Singapore straits from the bridge of a Russian-built container ship, and speaks of a maritime nightmare. Pointing to a narrow sea lane south of Singapore that carries a quarter of global trade and nearly all oil imports for Japan and China, Lee says one big attack there could hit the world economy by crippling one of Asia’s most critical waterways.