Status of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway
By Dong Feng
People's Daily app

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, capital of China, on July 26. (Photo: Xinhua)

President Xi Jinping and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday discussed the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway, one of the most important projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Xi said, "The two sides need to further deepen high-quality Belt and Road cooperation for more fruitful outcomes, strive to complete the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway on schedule and to high standards, and ensure good implementation of such major cooperation projects as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Corridor and the 'Two Countries, Twin Parks' project."

Construction machinery and equipment produced by Gemac Engineering Machinery Company leaves the factory on July 2 in the Xiangyang Hi-Tech Industry Development Zone, Hubei Province. (Photo: People's Daily)

The construction of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway has now entered the final stage.
Thirteen tunnels and more than 91 percent of the civil engineering on the line have been completed, according to Lu Kang, Chinese ambassador to Indonesia, who published a bylined article in the People's Daily on Tuesday.
With a total length of 142 kilometers and a design speed of 350 kilometers per hour, the railway built with Chinese technology will cut the journey between Jakarta and Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province, from more than three hours to around 40 minutes. The construction of the railway began in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2023.
The railway is a landmark project of practical Belt and Road cooperation between China and Indonesia. Its progress is being followed closely by Xi and Widodo. Under the effective coordination of departments of China and Indonesia, the companies participating in the construction have worked closely together and forged ahead with one major success after another.
"The railway will become yet another highlight of China-Indonesia win-win cooperation and take bilateral relations to a new height," Lu wrote.
A breakthrough ceremony of Tunnel No.2 of the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Project was held on June 21.
The Tunnel No.2 was one of the most difficult tunnels in the construction of the entire project.
It has a total length of 1,052 meters and is a double lane tunnel with a maximum underground depth of 53.6 meters amid complex geological conditions. The safe and smooth completion of the tunnel lays a solid foundation for the smooth progress of the project.