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Asia Markets: Asian markets mixed amid global geopolitical uncertainty

Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Thursday as investors remained cautious amid a spate of worldwide geopolitical concerns, including President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S.-China trade talks, testimony by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, Brexit and conflict between India and Pakistan.

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -0.79% slipped 0.3%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -0.23% rose slightly. In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, -0.60% fell about 0.3% on disappointing factory-activity data, while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite 399106, +0.10% rose about 0.2%. South Korea’s Kospi SEU, -1.76% fell 0.5%, weighed by falling tech stocks, and benchmarks in Taiwan Y9999, -0.02% and Indonesia JAKIDX, -0.23% dropped as well.

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