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Asia markets saw gains on Wednesday, despite the White House's restatement of its tough stance on trade.
The recovered from its losses in the morning to end higher by 0.39 percent at 24,033.79. The Topix index, on the other hand, rose from its earlier low to close largely flat at 1,821.67.
In Greater China markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index traded higher by 1.24 percent as of 3:15 p.m. HK/SIN. Hotpot chain Haidilao, which went public on Wednesday, traded at 17.88 Hong Kong dollars ($2.28) per share after reaching a high of HK$19.64 earlier. Its issue price was at HK$17.80 per share.
Over on the mainland, the closed higher by 0.92 percent at around 2,806.82 while the Shenzhen composite advanced by 0.733 percent at about 1,447.85.
South Korean markets were closed for a public holiday.
In market action on Wall Street overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined by 69.84 points to 26,492.21 while the ended the trading day 0.1 percent lower at 2,915.56. The Nasdaq Composite, however, saw a gain of 0.2 percent to 8,007.47 on the back of advances in Amazon and Apple shares.
Trump's statement came after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said his country was ready to move ahead on a trade deal with Mexico even if it excluded Canada, as negotiations with Ontario remained at an impasse. "We're not going to say 'no deal because of Canada.' That doesn't make any sense at all," he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, was at 94.118 as of 3:25 p.m. HK/SIN, losing its earlier gains but still off yesterday's lows.
The saw gains of 0.16 percent at 112.79 against the dollar, while the lost some of its earlier gains but remained 0.17 percent higher at $0.7262, as of 3:28 p.m. HK/SIN.
In oil markets, prices saw a recovery in the afternoon of Asian trade. As of 3:29 p.m. HK/SIN, the global benchmark Brent crude futures contract was 0.27 percent higher at $82.09 per barrel while U.S. crude futures were largely flat at $72.30 per barrel.
— This article has been updated to reflect that Haidilao's stock is priced in Hong Kong dollars.