Asian markets closed mixed on Friday, as key health-care vote in the U.S. was delayed and President Donald Trump called on legislators for an up-or-down decision on Friday.
The ASX 200 finished up 0.8 percent or 45.6 points at 5,753.54, seeing broad gains across all sub-indexes, except for industrials and gold.
A strike at BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest copper mine, is expected to end after workers decided to invoke a rarely used legal provision to allow them to extend their old contract. Shares of BHP Billiton were up 0.29 percent at A$24.26 per stock.
Japan's Nikkei 225 closed higher by 0.93 percent or 177.2 points at 19,262.53, as the yen remained at the 111 handle.
Across the Korean strait, the Kospi slipped 0.17 percent or 3.8 points to close at 2,168.95.
Samsung Electronics held its first Annual General Meeting of shareholders since Jay Y. Lee's arrest over a corruption scandal. Samsung Electronics shares fell 0.72 percent to 2,075,000 won ($1,849.51) each stock.
The South Korean electronics giant said on Friday that it will be difficult to adopt a holding company structure at this time, due to "negative effects that would arise from transitioning to a holding company," its chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun said at the meeting in Seoul.
Since last November, Samsung began reviewing whether to adopt a holding company structure, a proposal by U.s. activist hedge fund Elliot Management and other investors, in a bid to improve its corporate governance.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was flat by mid-afternoon, as traders looked to the Hong Kong chief executive election on Mar. 26. This will be the first election since the pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" protests in 2014.
U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as Trump failed to close the deal with Republican lawmakers on how to dismantle Obamacare and the House vote was delayed.