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China-focused business groups join calls for reopening Hong Kong

Amid mainland lockdowns, associations urge end to entry and flight restrictions

Despite calls to open borders from the business community, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam says there are no plans to relax travel restrictions.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Local business groups in Hong Kong that previously insisted the city must prioritize free travel with mainland China have begun to join calls by international groups for officials to focus on reconnecting to overseas markets.

"Opening borders is imperative now, otherwise we will lose out," Danny Lau, honorary chairman of the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprise Association, told Nikkei Asia. "If we don't open, we are suffocating ourselves."

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