The Jakarta Post
China and Indonesia enjoy long-standing friendship as neighbors across the sea and now are hand in hand, in the new era, the cooperation between the two countries has been carrying new dreams. The China Railway Group Limited (CREC), as a super-large infrastructure enterprise group in China, first entered Indonesia market in 2003, is making “new roads and bridges” for the communication between the two nations.
1. Building roads, benefitting the people
For construction projects, CREC has inherited the philosophical concept of bringing benefits and convenience to residents, updating existing roadways and protecting the environment along the line. By giving full consideration to the connections between existing roadways, residential areas, and spaces between the construction stages, each road constructed will be optimized in line with local road network planning and connected to residential areas and villages. This not only improves the local road networks but also facilitates residents to carry out commercial activities near work sites. The new roads provide convenience for the public, create social wealth and improve efficiency of economic development.
2. Exchanging culture, improving friendship
Supporting healthy breakfast for SMP 1 state junior high school Ngamprah. (./.)
On the occasion of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, CREC specially invited relevant institutes such as the administration of the Bandung Barat regency, the Bandung Railway Bureau and relevant village committees to participate in a photo exhibition on the theme of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The common struggle and great achievements of the Chinese people in the past years to create a better life have enhanced local people’s understanding about China in general and especially about the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.
Employees of CREC in each construction project are often learning each other’s languages and cultures, participating in local sports competitions such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc., supporting healthy breakfasts and gifts to local primary schools along the railway route and welcoming Indonesian government officials, university teachers and students to visit and inspect the construction sites of the project. They can see themselves the technology and high-quality materials used in the project. CREC hopes all the people involved jointly ensure the safety of the project, protect the local ecology and environment, and ensure to smooth the procedure of the construction work.
3. Building a high-speed railway, improving Indonesia’s social development
Volleyball match with local residents. (./.)
CREC has participated in the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway since 2016. As one of the “Belt and Road Initiative” flagship projects, this high-speed railway will help improve Indonesia’s social development. This will reduce the travelling time between Jakarta and Bandung from the normal three hours to only 45 minutes. This high-speed railway project that bears the dreams of the two nations will also become a new monument of the Belt and Road Initiative and a witness to the friendship between the two nations.
The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project has employed local people since the beginning, both in the construction and logistical support work. By working in this project, they get stable employment and improve the quality of their lives. A vast number of Indonesian people have gradually realized that the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway is of great significance to individuals and families and to the development of this country.
The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway stretches 142.3 kilometers from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, to Bandung, the capital city of West Java. The design speed of the train is 350 kilometers per hour and it is to stop at four stations along the line. It is being built and operated together by Chinese and Indonesian enterprises.