Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and the then general manager of China Railway Corp, Sheng Guangzu, at the 2016 groundbreaking ceremony for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway line. Photo: Reuters
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Opinion

Opinion

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita

Is Indonesia moving towards Japan and away from China? Just follow the railway tracks

  • Jakarta is looking to connect projects being separately built by the two East Asian nations into one longer line
  • The cost of China’s section of the venture and negative local sentiment towards Beijing all play a part, as do confrontations in the Natuna Sea
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and the then general manager of China Railway Corp, Sheng Guangzu, at the 2016 groundbreaking ceremony for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway line. Photo: Reuters
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