Mainland shares rallied to a two-week high on Friday while the rest of Asian equities also gained after better-than-expected U.S data restored confidence in the economic recovery.
Trade was quiet however with Japanese markets shut for 'Vernal Equinox' Day.
The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose by 5,000 to 320,000 last week, below the 325,000 estimated, data on Thursday showed. The four-week moving average for new claims, viewed as a better gauge overall of labor conditions, dropped to its lowest since November. That saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 gain 0.7 and 0.6 percent, respectively.
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