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Indonesia, China launch high-speed railway project

Updated: Jan 22,2016 7:23 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Wang Yong reads a congratulatory message from President Xi Jinping to Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the groundbreaking ceremony of Indonesia’s first ever high-speed railway project in Walini, West Java province, on Jan 21.[Photo/Xinhua]

Indonesia’s first ever high-speed railway project kicked off on Jan 21 in Walini, West Java Province, marking a major achievement in railway cooperation between China and Indonesia.

State Councilor Wang Yong, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the project, read a congratulatory message from President Xi Jinping to Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the ceremony.

President Xi said in the message that the successful launch of the project not only set a new record in pragmatic cooperation between China and Indonesia, it will also become a new model for bilateral cooperation in various fields, particularly in infrastructure and production capacity.

On the same occasion, Joko Widodo said “This is a great project jointly pushed by Indonesian and Chinese governments,” and he expects further cooperation between Indonesia and China could be more intense.

“I hope this project could bring benefit to local people both in the short and long term,” said Joko Widodo, adding that the project is part of the nation’s efforts to pursue competitiveness.

State Councilor Wang Yong, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan at the ceremony.[Photo/Xinhua]

State Councilor Wang Yong said that the Jakarta-Bandung Railway will not only open a new chapter for the development of high-speed trains in Indonesia, but will also further boost bilateral relations.

“China hopes to take the project as an opportunity to actively participate in the development of Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway economic belt, and enhance the bilateral cooperation in various areas including investment, production capacity, electricity, finance, in an effort to promote common development and prosperity of the two countries,” said Wang.

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