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Indonesia high-speed railway still beset by problems

Safety, profitability and accessibility issues haunt $6bn China-led project

Trials of Indonesia's high-speed railway, which can operate at speeds of up to 360 kph, are scheduled to begin at the end of May.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's planned high-speed rail project, an integral part of China's Belt and Road initiative, is raising fresh concerns about its safety, profitability and accessibility.

Scheduled to start service in July, a month later than planned, the 142-kilometer-long railway will connect the capital Jakarta with Bandung in West Java province.

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