Asian stocks gained slightly on Thursday ahead of the global central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares advanced 0.45 percent.
Japan's Nikkei retreated 0.3 percent.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng inched up 0.5 percent.
South Korea's KOSPI rose 0.4 percent and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index surged almost 0.1 percent.