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Singapore and Malaysia open bidding for historic railway link

Chinese and Japanese contractors are on a collision course

Commuters walk to a train station in Singapore's financial district: The new line will connect the city with Kuala Lumpur in 90 minutes.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Bidding for a high-speed railway project connecting Singapore and Kuala Lumpur kicked off on Wednesday, in what is shaping up to be an intense battle between Chinese and Japanese contractors.

This will be Southeast Asia's first cross-border high-speed line, and the entire project is expected to cost around 60 billion ringgit ($14.7 billion).

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