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Asian shares sink as U.S.-China trade talks stall

On Wednesday stocks in Asia fell for the eighth session in a row on growing stresses over the raising Sino-U.S. exchange row, yet declines and worries were eased somewhat by White House confirmations that it needs to press ahead with talks.

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Signs that China is claiming for stronger yuan after its ongoing steep drop also helped to soothe traders' worries of possible worldwide money row, however, the yuan skidded further in early exchange, keeping markets gambling.

MSCI's broadest equity indicator of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan was slightly changed in morning exchange yet edged lower by 0.2 percent by 0459 GMT.

Japan's Nikkei skidded 0.4 percent on stresses that a more stable yen will squeeze its battling exporters.

Stocks in Shanghai were slightly changed after active selling in the past sessions, yet Hong Kong's Hang Seng equity indicator declined 0.4 percent in the first part of the day.

MSCI Asia ex-Japan has slumped 8.3 percent in its most recent rough patch.

S&P e-mini futures tumbled 0.5 percent. Wall Street had increased last night and MSCI's expansive forecast of shares over the world gained for the first day in seven recent sessions.

Japan's Nikkei declined 0.8 percent, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index recovered 0.7 percent. The Shanghai Composite edged lower 0.2 while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite surrendered weak morning gains and recovered 0.2 percent. South Korea's Kospi tumbled 0.7 percent, while key equity indicators in Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia were mixed. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.3 percent, and New Zealand's NZX 50 gained 0.9 percent after New Zealand's national bank trim its key lending rate by a half-rate point to the historically low of 1 percent as it gauges harder financial conditions ahead.

Among individual stocks, Yahoo Japan gained in Tokyo exchanging, while Honda Motor and Japan Steel declined. In Hong Kong, China Overseas Land and Investment added while China Life Insurance and Sands China recovered. LG Electronics lost while SK Hynix added. Commonwealth Bank and Beach Energy dropped in Australia.

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