Major Asian stock markets retraced some of their downward slide but closed mostly in negative territory, following a massive sell-off on Wall Street overnight. China bucked the trend, erasing early losses to close up almost 2 percent.
Japan's Nikkei 225 closed down 474.68 points, or 2.68 percent, at 17,240.95, but that was off lows after the index fell as much as 4.09 percent intraday. Shares were weighed by the commodities and machinery sectors.
South Korea's Kospi ended 16.27 points, or 0.85 percent, lower at 1,900.01.
Down Under, the ASX 200 closed down 78.04 points, or 1.56 percent, at 4,909.40, with energy and financials sectors sharply down. All sectors were in the red except gold producers, which saw an uptick of 3.61 percent.
After a late sell-off Wednesday afternoon, Chinese indexes opened lower. But in afternoon trade, the indexes turned positive, with the Shanghai composite closing up 57.95 points, or 1.96 percent, at 3,007.54, while the Shenzhen composite was up 68.18 points, or 3.80 percent, at 1,859.37.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed down 0.59 percent.
Offering some sign of stability in a generally volatile market, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) set Thursday's yuan mid-point rate at 6.5616, compared with Wednesday's fix of 6.5630. The dollar-yuan pair was nearly flat at 6.5777.