Asia markets were largely down on Friday afternoon as Wall Street ended its four-day winning streak in the last session, following a report that U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support for moving forward with more proposed tariffs.
The Nikkei 225 recovered from some of its earlier losses to end the week largely flat at 22,865.15 even though most sectors slipped. South Korea's Kospi bucked the trend by closing up 0.67 percent to 2,322.88, as industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics gained 1.68 percent.
Down Under, the ASX 200 shed 0.51 percent to close at 6,319.5, with the telecommunications sector declining by 3.85 percent, giving up gains from a day earlier which were led by a proposed merger between TPG Telecom and Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia).
Over in the Greater China region, markets continued their downtrend from the past few days. The Shanghai composite ended the trading week down by 0.46 percent to 2,725.24, while the Shenzhen composite closed lower by around 1.08 percent to 1,451.38.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was down by 1.15 percent as of 3:20 p.m. HK/SIN. Tencent's stock dropped by more than 5.6 percent after the Chinese education ministry on Thursday detailed a plan for increased regulation and control over the number of new online video games. The stock recovered slightly from its gains but was still trading down by 5.2 percent at 3:23 p.m. HK/SIN.