Stocks in Asia slipped on Monday afternoon as investors remained cautious, following global losses in the previous week.
In the Greater China region, the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong fell by around 1.32 percent as of 3:31 a.m. HK/SIN.
The Shanghai composite also slipped by 1.49 percent to close at around 2,568.10 — its lowest since November 2014 — while the Shenzhen composite declined by 1.178 percent to end the trading day at about 1,281.08.
The moves in China came as new reserve requirements for lenders went into effect, in a move by the People's Bank of China which is expected to inject 750 billion yuan (around $108.4 billion) into the banking system.
Meanwhile, South Korea's Kospi also saw losses of 0.77 percent to close at 2,145.12, with industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics slipping by 0.45 percent and chipmaker SK Hynix falling by 2.9 percent.
In Australia, the benchmark ASX 200 fell around 1 percent to end the trading day Down Under at 5,837.1 with most sectors lower. The heavily weighted financial subindex fell 1.62 percent as major banking shares saw losses — Commonwealth Bank was down 2.09 percent, ANZ fell 1.85 percent, Westpac was lower by 1.59 percent and the National Australia Bank declined by 1.58 percent.