Asian markets traded narrowly mixed on Tuesday, following the lower close on Wall Street and as markets digested the impact of diplomatic tensions between Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index extended losses to close down by 0.95 percent or 190.92 points at 19,979.90.
The S&P/ASX 200 tumbled 1.52 percent or 87.367 points to close at 5,667.5, driven by broad declines in the utilities, financials and energy sub-indexes. Major banking and resource stocks traded in the red.
Markets in greater China were in the green. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index erased earlier losses to trade higher by 0.54 percent. The Shanghai Composite closed 0.35 percent or 10.6756 points higher at 3,102.3317 and the Shenzhen Composite gained 0.548 percent or 9.8691 points to finish the session at 1,810.8016.
South Korean markets are closed for Memorial Day.