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Is China-funded Indonesia high-speed railway finally on track to launch?

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Delayed China-backed Indonesia railway is due to launch soon. But is it really ‘under control?’

Jakarta aimed to begin high speed train’s operations last November but with major Belt and Road project unfinished, June became new date, followed by AugustGovernment now denies that consultants say scheme could be further delayed until January, amid issues including incomplete testing and unfinished stationsIndonesiaResty Woro YuniarPublished: 7:40pm, 16 Jun, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Indonesia is aiming to begin operating the China-funded Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway project in August, dismissing a recent report that the US$7.2 billion scheme will be delayed again and will launch in January.

The flagship of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Indonesia, initially budgeted to cost US$6.02 billion, has been marred with controversy and hold ups since construction started in 2018.Jakarta had initially planned to launch the train in November last year, coinciding with the G20 summit so it could be inaugurated by President Joko Widodo and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.However, the railway was not finished so, at that time, the government said June 2023 was the new operational date target, which has also fallen through.

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