Asian stocks outside the mainland advanced on Thursday, tracking the strong finish on Wall Street overnight, but uncertainty over Greece's debt situation and the release of U.S. nonfarm payrolls data later in the day capped gains.
Meanwhile, mainland stocks took another tumble to finish below the 4,000 mark despite regulators' efforts to put a floor to the market turmoil.
Less than 24 hours after he wrote a conciliatory letter to creditors asking for a new bailout, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivered a combative speech on local television, urging Greeks to vote "no" at the referendum on July 5. The remarks come a day after the cash-strapped nation became the first advanced economy to default on debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Overnight, U.S. stocks handed over an impressive lead, with the help of better-than-expected economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 gained 0.79 and 0.69 percent, respectively, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq closed up 0.53 percent.