Most Asian-Pacific markets broke out of their three-day losing streak and shifted to strong gains Thursday. Japan's Nikkei 225 surged 2%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index advanced 1.3%. China's Shanghai Composite gained 1.1%. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.9%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 moved up 0.7%. Taiwan's Taiex advanced 1%. India's markets are closed for a holiday.

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