Indonesia launches high-speed railway connecting Jakarta and Bandung.
Reduces travel time from 3 hours to 40 minutes.
Named "Whoosh" and built by PT KCIC, a joint venture with China.
Funded largely by China at $7.3 billion.
Delays due to land disputes, environmental concerns, and the COVID pandemic.
President Joko Widodo inaugurates the 142.3-km railway.
Hailed as Southeast Asia's fastest train with speeds up to 350 kmph.
Part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.
Doubts raised about its commercial benefit.
A significant infrastructure milestone for Indonesia.