Chinese shares outperformed on Monday as investors cheered the latest market reforms while geopolitical tensions weighed on the rest of region.
In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, election officials said 89 percent voted to leave the country in favor of self-rule during a referendum on Sunday. It remains unclear whether those votes refer to independence or an eventual union with Russia.
Trouble in Thailand and Vietnam were also in focus. In Bangkok, the government urged supporters to stay away from protest sites on Monday as the Senate holds a special session to discuss the ongoing political crisis. Meanwhile, hundreds rallied in Vietnam on Sunday against the set up of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea.