High-level trade talks between the U.S. and China are underway in Beijing. Stocks in Asia were mixed on Thursday as investors looked for progress in the months-long tariff dispute.
There were reports that U.S. President Donald Trump may be considering whether to extend the deadline for a trade deal with China.
The mainland Chinese markets closed mostly higher. The Shenzhen component rose 0.597 percent to close at around 8,219.96 while the Shenzhen composite advanced 0.659 percent to finish its trading day at approximately 1,398.84. Meanwhile, the Shanghai composite closed slightly lower at about 2,719.70
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell more than 0.3 percent, as of its final hour of trading.