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Collapsed bridge in Indonesia not built by Chinese contractors

By Zhang Huizhong (People's Daily)

15:30, December 21, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Rumors recently appeared on the Internet that a bridge in Indonesia that collapsed on Nov. 26 was built with the help of China. Through interviewing the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, People’s Daily learned that this bridge did not have any relationship with China and that the related rumors are totally untrue.

Question One: Was the collapsed bridge built with the help of China?

Response: The constructor and repairer of the bridge were both Indonesian companies. China did not aid in the construction of the project, nor were any Chinese investments involved.

On Nov. 26, the Kutai Kartanegara Bridge in Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, Indonesia suddenly collapsed, causing many casualties. Construction of the bridge began in 1995 and was completed in 2001, costing about 16.7 million U.S. dollars. The bridge was 710 meters long, and the suspension part was 270 meters long. The expected service life was 50 to 100 years.

Was the bridge built by Chinese contractors? People’s Daily interviewed the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Indonesia, Zhou Hui.

He said the collapsed bridge in East Kalimantan was not constructed by Chinese-funded enterprises, nor was it a Chinese aided project.

The bridge was constructed by local companies in Indonesia. Zhou said that the rumors on the Internet saying this bridge is related with China were completely unfounded misrepresentation.

According to local media reports, the constructor of the bridge was Indonesian company PT. Hutama Karya, a state-owned enterprise established in 1961, specializing in housing, road and bridge construction.

After the bridge collapse incident, the company has been strongly rebuked for accountability. The repair company of the bridge, PT. Bukaka Teknik Utama is a private company established in 1978 in Indonesia, mainly engaging in business of infrastructure, engineering and construction.

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