Asia Markets: Asian markets mixed as U.S.-China trade talks resume

Asian markets were mixed in early trading Thursday, as the U.S. and China kicked off a new round of trade talks in Washington.

China’s chief negotiator, Liu He, was scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday, and Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, expressed optimism that the two sides can come closer to a final agreement this week.

Read: Kudlow hopeful that U.S., China will ‘get closer’ to trade deal as talks resume

Japan’s Nikkei NIK, +0.07% rose 0.2%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index HSI, -0.52% retreated 0.5%. The Shanghai Composite SHCOMP, +0.56% gained 0.4%, and South Korea’s Kospi SEU, +0.19% advanced 0.2%.

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