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Indonesian rail project goes off track over land acquisition

Future of the high-speed link is in doubt with less than two years to go

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo attends a groundbreaking ceremony for a high-speed railway project in January 2016.   © Reuters

JAKARTA Indonesia is facing major delays getting the land it needs for a planned high-speed railway, raising questions over whether Beijing should take the lead on the project, or whether it will be finished at all.

The rail link, which is supposed to run for about 140km between Jakarta and the city of Bandung, is expected to cost over $5 billion and is a key component of President Joko Widodo's push to develop Indonesia's infrastructure. Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China, a consortium of state-run companies from both countries, is in charge of its construction and operation.

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