The end of the line for Japanese influe…

In 2015, China outbid Japan for the first high-speed rail project in Indonesia, reflecting Beijing’s eagerness to realize its 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative. So what does this signify for the Asia Pacific region? Indonesia made a big and highly significant decision to award China rather than Japan the Jakarta–Bandung high-speed rail project, which is expected to start construction in early 2016. Jakarta had a dilemma: should it choose between a trusted old friend – Japan – or a new emerging power, China?

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