Markets in Asia closed mixed after trading sideways on Friday following news that China's banking regulator had questions for banks related to loans for overseas asset purchases and as oil prices advanced off 10-month lows.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.11 percent or 22.16 points to close at 20,132.67 and South Korea's benchmark Kospi index gained 0.35 percent or 8.23 points to end at 2,378.6.
The S&P/ASX 200 edged higher by 0.17 percent, buoyed by gains in its health care and materials sub-indexes. Australian financials were under pressure, with the sub-index edging lower by 0.37 percent.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index inched higher by 0.05 percent. On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite added 0.32 percent or 9.9756 points to finish at 3,157.4288 and the Shenzhen Composite was closed 0.456 percent or 8.4978 points up at 1,871.3369.