Asian shares slumped broadly on Wednesday as such factors as sliding metals prices and monetary policy worries in China worsened investor risk mood.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares dipped 1.5 percent to a two-month trough.
Japan's Nikkei was 2 percent lower.
Australian shares slipped 0.4 percent. South Korea’s Kospi index dropped 1.2 percent.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index was down 1.8 percent and the Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 1 percent.