Asian equity markets outside of Japan rose on Thursday as positive Chinese economic data overshadowed ongoing woes about Washington's budget stalemate.
Australia's S&P ASX 200 finished 0.4 percent higher while emerging markets were the region's outperformers with Thailand's SET and Indian stocks up 1.6 percent each. But Japan's Nikkei bucked Asia-wide gains to post its second session of declines.
Trading volumes were thin with Chinese markets shut for National Day holidays and South Korea closed for National Foundation Day.
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China's official services purchasing manager's index (PMI) rose to a six-month high in September, lifting optimism that the world's second-largest economy is on a path to recovery. The data follows the mainland's official manufacturing PMI report earlier this week, which showed a rise in September factory activity.