Major Asian stocks markets mostly closed higher on Wednesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump hinted once again that a closely watched trade deadline in March may be pushed back.
Mainland Chinese markets closed higher on the day after a whirlwind session which saw it swinging between positive and negative territory. The Shanghai composite gained around 0.2 percent to close at 2,761.22 while the Shenzhen component rose 0.386 percent to 8,473.43. The Shenzhen composite also advanced 0.321 percent to close at 1,448.24.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose about 0.9 percent in its final hour of trading. Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese investment bank China International Capital Corp jumped 5.79 percent after an exchange disclosure showed on Monday that tech behemoth Alibaba had increased its stake in the company to almost 12 percent.
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to close at 21,431.49 while the Topix gained 0.43 percent to end its trading day at 1,613.47 as shares of robot maker Fanuc advanced 0.31 percent. Over in South Korea, the Kospi added 1.09 percent to close at 2,229.76.
The ASX 200 in Australia, however, slipped 0.17 percent to close at 6,096.50.