This is a very good sign for China. Its sig­nif­i­cance can­not be over­looked.”

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping joined In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo on Wed­nes­day in Jakarta for the sign­ing of a high-speed rail con­struc­tion project that will link the 160 kilo­me­ters be­tween the cap­i­tal city of Jakarta and Ban­dung, the na­tion’s third-largest city.

In­done­sia de­vel­oped a rail plan to con­struct 860 kilo­me­ters of high-speed rail con­nect­ing the ma­jor cities of Jakarta, Ban­dung, Cire­bon and Surabaja, but had made limited progress due to tech­no­log­i­cal and fi­nan­cial con­cerns.

De­tails of China’s in­volve­ment in the project have yet to be re­leased, but the two pres­i­dents wit­nessed the sign­ing of a frame­work co­op­er­a­tion ar­range­ment be­tween China’s Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion and In­done­sia’s Min­istry of Sta­te­Owned En­ter­prises.

The Jakarta-Ban­dung line, roughly the same dis­tance as be­tween Bei­jing and Tian­jin, is the first phase of the na­tional project.

“This is a very good sign for China. Its sig­nif­i­cance can­not be over­looked,” said Chen Fengy­ing, a re­searcher with the China In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

“China has been pro­mot­ing high-speed rail as a busi­ness card to the world, and the new line in In­done­sia, along with those in Thai­land and Rus­sia, can be a real ex­am­ple.”

Be­fore Wi­dodo took of­fice, Ja­pan of­fered last year to par­tic­i­pate in the project by pro­vid­ing tech­nol­ogy and

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