ASX gains 0.5%
Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 bounced back from the previous day's two-week closing low while the Australian dollar hovered around 94 U.S. cents following minutes from the Reserve Bank of Australia's April meeting.
The central bank said recent economic data hasn't changed its resolve to keep interest rates steady for a while and once again repeated that the local dollar remains historically high.
Miners were in focus on the back of quarterly production reports. Rio Tinto ended 0.1 percent higher after announcing that first-quarter global iron ore shipments rose 16 percent on year. Oz Minerals rallied over 2 percent despite posting an 11 percent decline in first-quarter copper output.
Sydney Airport fell 1 percent on news that the government will approve Sydney's second airport.
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India down 0.6%
Indian shares fell after data showed wholesale priced-inflation, the country's main inflation measure, rose to a three-month high of 5.7 percent in March, higher than Reuters forecasts for a 5.3 percent rise and February's 4.7 percent gain. Indian markets were shut on Monday for a public holiday.
Kospi 0.2% lower
South Korea's benchmark index erased early gains after crossing the 2,000 level for the first time in five sessions. A 1.4 percent decline in Hyundai Motor was the blame for the index's turnaround
Meanwhile, the won continued to trade within sight of 1,030 per dollar hit earlier this month, its highest level since 2008.
"We think it's a China-led emerging markets thing. The won is benefiting from positive sentiment toward emerging markets and its historical sensitivity to swings in investor sentiment," said Tim Condon, head of research for Asia at ING Financial Markets in a note.