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Jakarta Post

Indonesia-China maritime connectivity: Impediments and prospects

  • Xue Song

Shanghai   /   Wed, May 22 2019   /  01:31 am

China is cooperating with a few ASEAN countries on transportation infrastructure. These projects include the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, a railway in Southern Malaysia and the China-Thailand and China-Vietnam railway projects. China and ASEAN cooperation on physical connectivity focuses heavily on inland transportation, while maritime connectivity projects have not been given the same level of attention by China. China has made less effort with maritime connectivity projects, especially for projects in archipelagic countries. Many Indonesian observers have criticized the collaboration in the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, citing its misplaced emphasis on inland transportation and infrastructure in Java instead of maritime connectivity between outer islands, which was declared a prioritized objective of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in his Global Maritime Fulcrum...