Stocks in Asia were mixed on Tuesday as investors waited for developments from the second day of U.S.-China trade talks.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.82 percent to close at 20,204.04 while the Topix index gained 0.39 percent to finish its trading day at 1,518.43.
Shares of Japanese car-maker Nissan recovered from their earlier losses to gain 0.21 percent amid broadly positive momentum in the auto sector. The company's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn denied wrongdoing in his first public appearance in seven weeks at a Tokyo court, following his arrest in November last year on allegations of financial misconduct.
Over in South Korea, the Kospi slipped 0.58 percent to close at 2,025.27. Shares of industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics slipped 1.68 percent after the company announced estimated fourth quarter earnings which fell far short of analyst expectations.
On the back of Samsung's announcement, LG Electronics also saw its shares tumble 3.58 percent after it cautioned that its profits likely fell 80 percent in the fourth quarter.
Chipmaker SK Hynix, on the other hand, saw gains of 0.85 percent. The stock had earlier risen as high as 3 percent during the trading day.
The ASX 200 in Australia rose 0.69 percent to close at 5,722.4, with almost all sectors higher.
The heavily-weighted financial subindex advanced 0.77 percent as shares of the country's so-called Big Four banks mostly saw gains; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group rose 1.1 percent, Westpac advanced 1.19 percent and National Australia Bank gained 0.91 percent. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, on the other hand, slipped 0.14 percent.