Why is the High-Speed Rail Project so Important to Indonesia
Salim, Wilmar; Negara, Siwage Dharma | April 2016
Does Indonesia really need a high-speed train to connect Jakarta, its capital city, to Bandung, West Java’s capital city? This question has been contentiously debated in the mass media since late September 2015, after the Indonesian government turned down a Japanese bid in favour of a Chinese one to build a 142-km long high-speed railway line connecting the two cities. Japan’s proposal was officially rejected because of its condition that the project required a government guarantee. China’s counter proposal did not seek Indonesian state funds, and its project would be a wholly private business deal, led by a consortium of state owned enterprises (SOEs) in both countries.
CitationSalim, Wilmar; Negara, Siwage Dharma. 2016. Why is the High-Speed Rail Project so Important to Indonesia. © ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/10523.
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