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As a flagship project under the Belt and Road Initiative framework, the new Jakarta-Bandung high-speed rail line goes far beyond transportation and commercial benefits

By Xu Ming , Cao Ran Updated Dec.1

Pictured is the nearly1,000-year-old Liusheng Pagoda in the ancient port city of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, September 15, 2022. The pagoda served as a landmark where merchant ships would shift course from the main shipping line in Quanzhou Bay to the inner ports and provided divine protection for traveling merchants during the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties (Photo by VCG)

Pictured are the rooftops of Khiva, Uzbekistan, May 31, 2023. Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Khiva used to be a vital stop along the ancient Silk Road (Photo by VCG)

Fireworks explode over the Peljesac Bridge during its opening ceremony, Komarna, Croatia, July 26, 2022. The bridge connects two parts of the Croatian coastline. It is funded by the European Union and built by a consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation, with the participation of European and international enterprises in design, consultancy, construction, and equipment and material supplies (Photo by VCG)

Chinese tech giant Huawei announces the opening of a cloud data center at the Huawei Cloud Summit Saudi Arabia 2023, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, September 4, 2023 (Photo by Xinhua)

People view a demonstration of the XPeng X2, a flying e-taxi developed by Guangzhou-based XPeng, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 10, 2022 (Photo by VCG)

Archaeologists from China and Uzbekistan discuss the excavation of the Cemetery No.1 site, Rabat Village, Uzbekistan, May 20, 2016 (Photo by Xinhua)

An opera performer paints on stage makeup for a teenage girl during a cultural event, Yunnan Province, August 23, 2023. The girl was among a group of young visitors from countries along the Belt and Road Initiative route who traveled to Yunnan Province to experience Chinese culture (Photo by VCG)

Students participate in a vocational education exchange event, Dushanbe,Tajikistan, April 17, 2023. Named after famed ancient Chinese carpenter and engineer Lu Ban (507-440 BC), the event was organised by universities from the Chinese city of Tianjin and Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan (Photo by VCG)