Stocks in Asia were mostly higher on Tuesday, as U.S.-Japan trade talks kicked off and the Bank of Japan chief flagged risks of increasing trade protectionism to the global economic growth outlook.
The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.24 percent to close at 22,221.66, with shares of index heavyweights Fast Retailing and Softbank Group advancing 2.32 percent and 1.27 percent, respectively. The Topix index, however, slipped fractionally to end its trading day at 1,626.46.
Shares in mainland China jumped on the day, with the Shanghai composite gaining 2.39 percent to about 3,253.60 and the Shenzhen component adding about 2.33 percent to around 10,287.64. The Shenzhen composite also advanced 2.095 percent to approximately 1,760.02.
Resilience in the property market would provide some cushion for China's economy as sectors such as manufacturing and retail are hit by trade war tensions and weak consumer confidence, Reuters reported.
Average new home prices in China rose faster in March as compared to February, according to Reuters' calculation of data released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index added more than 0.8 percent, as of its final hour of trading.
The top shareholder of Asiana Airlines, Kumho Industrial, said on Monday it would sell its entire stake in the debt-ridden carrier to keep it afloat, Reuters reported. That followed weeks of financial uncertainty after the carrier failed to win auditors' sign-off on its 2018 financial statements, which triggered warnings of credit ratings downgrades, according to the Reuters report. For its part, Kumho Industrial saw its stock jump 6.62 percent.
In Australia, the ASX 200 gained 0.42 percent to close at 6,277.40, as most sectors advanced.