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Jakarta Post

China-Japan battle expected over Citarum

  • Moses Ompusunggu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 16 2018   /  12:14 am

The multiyear rehabilitation project of the Citarum River in West Java is set to become another arena for Japan and China to flex their financial muscle, as the two global powerhouses eye a stake in what has been labelled as Indonesia’s most ambitious environmental project to date.

For now, Japan and China, two countries that have faced off in head-to-head competition in some of the biggest projects under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s infrastructure development program, appear to be the most serious foreign economies that want, or at least have shown an interest, to do business on the Citarum.

Officials said Indonesia welcomed any country that wanted to participate in the effort to clean up the Citarum as their involvement would only aid the implementation of the ambitious program.

“We are very happy to open opportunities to all parties [to participate i...