Automaker Great Wall Motor rose 0.8 percent after announcing a deal on Monday to set up a production base in Russia.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong shares jumped 0.6 percent, ending two days of declines.
ASX up 0.2%
Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 index managed to end higher after a choppy session. Earlier in the day, the index hit a new one-month low for a second day. The index entered positive territory after the Reserve Bank of Australia said low interest rates were having a desired effect on the economy in minutes from its latest meeting.
But sentiment remained shaky after ratings agency Standard & Poor's that the country's prized AAA credit rating could be reviewed unless substantial cuts were made to the budget.
Treasury Wine Estates surged 18 percent after it rejected a takeover offer from American global investment firm KKR at $4.70 a share, saying the bid was too low.
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Kospi down 0.2%
South Korean shares retreated from Monday's fresh 2014 high after data released before the market open showed that producer prices fell for the 19th straight month in April.
Among blue-chips, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors declined more than 1 percent each.