Asia Markets: Asian markets little changed as investors await earnings reports

Asian shares were little changed and mixed in quiet trading Tuesday amid a lack of fresh market-moving news as investors looked ahead to earnings season and Wall Street again closed at record highs.

On the trade front, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Monday that he and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer may travel to China soon for renewed trade negotiations if phone talks with Chinese officials this week are successful, Bloomberg News reported.

The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday released minutes of their July meeting, which indicated a willingness to cut interest rates — which are already at historic lows — further if necessary.

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