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Hong Kong, Japan eye rebound after ending COVID travel curbs

Shaky growth in China and worldwide dim hopes for post-pandemic bounce

Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan are opening their pandemic-shut borders to kickstart growth. (Source photos by Getty Images and Ken Kobayashi)

HONG KONG/TAIPEI/TOKYO -- Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan are opening their pandemic-shut borders to kick-start growth, banking on a tourism-led rebound, but a slumping world economy could dash hopes for a quick recovery.

The trio of East Asian economies said last week that they were dropping COVID-19 travel restrictions after more than two years of isolation, with financial hub Hong Kong on Monday ditching a mandatory hotel quarantine that sent visitors numbers plummeting.

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