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Indonesia’s bullet train, forecast revisions, AI Spotlight

Indonesia’s first high-speed train line is due to become operational this Sunday, when a WHOOSH bullet train departs the Indonesian capital of Jakarta for the provincial capital of Bandung, 88 miles away. Completion of the route is seen as a feather in the cap for President Joko Widodo, who made improving the country’s infrastructure a key goal of his presidency. But a successful launch of the new line should not disguise Jokowi’s mixed record in this area. While spending on infrastructure shot up during the early part of his presidency, it has been flat since 2017 and has fallen back as a share of GDP.

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