First Chinese-made bullet train cars arrive in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A first set of Chinese-made carriages for Indonesia’s first high-speed railway arrived at the port of Jakarta on Friday.

The 142.3 kilometer (88.4 mile) $5.5 billion railway is being built by PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia-China, a joint venture between an Indonesian consortium of four state-owned companies and China Railway International Co.Ltd. the trains will be the fastest in Southeast Asia.

The railway line, which connects Jakarta and Bandung, a city in West Java province, is part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. It is planned to reduce the travel time between the two cities from the current three hours to around 40 minutes.

The eight wagons and an inspection train that arrived on Friday were designed and built by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd.

“The arrival of this series of high-speed trains is good news for Indonesia and shows that Indonesia can compete with other developed countries,” said Kartika Wijoatmojo, deputy minister of public enterprises.

Construction began in January 2016 of the Jakarta-Bandung line, which was planned as part of a 750-kilometre (465-mile) high-speed rail project that would cross four provinces on the main island of Java.

The rail deal was signed in October 2015 after Indonesia chose China over Japan in a tender. China agreed to complete the railway without using Indonesian government money or requiring a government guarantee for the loans.

The rail line was scheduled to enter service in early 2019, but was delayed due to land acquisition and funding issues.

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