GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

JAKARTA, Nov 2 (FAM) – The Indonesian government is looking toward Japan to turn a 750-kilometer-long existing rail line – linking its capital Jakarta and second-largest city Surabaya – into a higher-speed railway, the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency reported on Monday, suggesting that slow progress on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project has sparked a confidence issue toward China.

The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail project, the nation’s first high-speed railway, is being developed by the China-Indonesia joint venture PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC).

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Jakarta railway

The enterprise only received construction permits for the entire length on August 21, seven months after ground was broken on the project, according to media reports.

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