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Indonesia's high-speed rail getting back on track

Jakarta seizes land to meet China's conditions for funding stalled project

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail project in West Java in January 2016. Construction has progressed little since.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Construction is ready to roll on Indonesia's high-speed railway project as soon as this month, as President Joko Widodo's administration has started seizing land for the efforts to meet China's conditions for funding.

The railway will link the 140 km between the capital and Bandung in the province of West Java in 45 minutes. A joint venture between Indonesian and Chinese state enterprises will build and manage the project.

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