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Indonesia woos Japan as China-led high-speed-rail project stalls

Tokyo lost to Beijing in bidding, but construction delay creates new opening

 A high-speed train linking Beijing and Hong Kong. China won the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed-rail project in 2015, but work has been plagued by delays and cost overruns.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has begun discussions on possible Japanese participation in a planned high-speed railway between Jakarta and Bandung, hoping to spur progress on the delayed Chinese-led project as costs mount.

The new proposal would combine that rail link -- which Japan lost out on in 2015 -- with a Japanese-Indonesian project upgrading an existing 750 km connection between Jakarta and Surabaya.

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