China and Indonesia to Expedite High-Speed Railway Construction

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Artist impression of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed Railway built by China in Indonesia.
Artist impression of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed Railway to be built by China in Indonesia (VOI).

China and Indonesia have agreed to expedite collaboration on several landmark projects, including a high-speed railway linking Jakarta and Bandung.

The two countries also agreed to collaborate on a regional comprehensive economic corridor and industrial parks during the Second Meeting of China-Indonesia High-level Dialogue Cooperation Mechanism co-hosted by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indonesia’s Coordinator for Cooperation with China and Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

Xinhua reports that Luhut said Indonesia-China relations bear strategic significance and global influence, and the two countries have conducted wide-ranging and multi-tiered cooperation with a commitment to building a community with a shared future.

“Indonesia supports and is willing to actively participate in the China-proposed Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative,” he said on Saturday.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who was also attending the meeting, said Indonesia highly values its close coordination with China and stands ready to join hands with China to focus on current pressing issues including peace, food, and energy security.

Foreign Minister Wang said the two sides have set the direction of building a China-Indonesia community with a shared future and forged a new pattern of bilateral relations featuring the “four-wheel-drive” of political, economic, cultural, and maritime cooperation.

He said both countries are satisfied with the fruitful outcomes of economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.