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Belt and Road

Indonesia turns to state coffers as China-led rail project's costs soar

Belt and Road deal sours amid mounting delays for Jakarta-Bandung line

A tunnel under construction for the Jakarta-Bandung railway: The long-delayed 140 km link would slash travel time between the cities to 45 minutes from three and a half hours.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- When Indonesia awarded the contract for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway to a Chinese consortium six years ago, the project was supposed to be completed by 2018 with no financial contributions or guarantees required from the Indonesian government.

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