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Asia Markets: China stocks lead declines for Asia as Fed minutes show data may tweak stance

Asian markets retreated Thursday on news that most U.S. Federal Reserve officials believed the central bank would leave interest rates unchanged for the rest of the year. But several said their views could shift with incoming data.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 NIK, +0.11% was flat, while the Kospi SEU, +0.00% in South Korea gave up 0.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng HSI, -0.77% was down 0.9% and the Shanghai Composite index SHCOMP, -1.59% fell 1.3%.

Australia’s S&P ASX 200 XJO, -0.40% slipped 0.2%. Shares fell in Taiwan and Indonesia but rose in Singapore.

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