Asian equity markets were mostly higher on Thursday with Japan's Nikkei at fresh six-year highs but mainland shares fell on renewed worries about tight liquidity conditions.
Optimism over the global economic outlook underpinned gains following the release of upbeat U.S. economic data on Tuesday. Durable goods orders surged in November while a gauge of planned business spending on capital goods recorded its largest increase in nearly a year.
Markets in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong were closed for the Boxing Day holiday.
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