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Govt wants Japan to join China-backed high-speed rail project

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Staffs of KCIC observe inside the tunnel of high speed rail-way Jakarta-Bandung(Courtesy of/KCIC)

The government is considering including Japan in Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), an Indonesia-China consortium to develop the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, as Indonesia seeks to expedite and expand the national strategic project, a senior minister has said. Japan, which was outbid by China for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, is currently working with the Indonesian government to develop a medium-speed line to connect Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java. Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that the consideration came from a request by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the government reviewed the prolonged delays and budget overruns in the development of the Jakarta-Bandung railway. “Because of that – to be more economical – President Jokowi has instructed that the project not stop at Bandung but be ex...