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MSCI Asia-Pacific index dips 0.05%, Nikkei sheds 0.4%
* Oil surge stalls on bigger-than-expected U.S. inventory build
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) - Asian stocks struggled near a 3-1/2-month low on Wednesday on lingering concerns over the economic impact of a U.S.-China trade war, although an overnight bounce on Wall Street helped limit the losses.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged down 0.05%.
The index had fallen to its lowest level since the end of January the previous day as a trade conflict between the United States and China intensified. Beijing on Monday imposed a tariff hike on U.S. goods following Washington's decision last week to hike its levies on Chinese imports.
Australian stocks added 0.07%, South Korea's KOSPI slipped 0.1% and Japan's Nikkei shed 0.4%.
U.S. stocks on Tuesday reclaimed some of the ground lost in the prior day's steep sell-off, with tariff-sensitive technology stocks heartened by a slight softening in U.S.-China trade rhetoric.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had a "very good" dialog with China and insisted talks between the world's two largest economies had not collapsed.
Yet, investors braced for a protracted U.S.-China trade war.
"In the short term the equity markets have begun digesting the latest round of the trade war, said Soichiro Monji, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui DS Asset Management, adding that a bit of calm is returning to some markets as a result.
"Still, the U.S.-China row looks to continue in the coming months. China did not seem to present a totally unified front in the latest round of the trade spat and its reaction bears watching going forward."
On the day, investors will look to a batch of Chinese economic data due later for a further gauge of the health of the world's second-biggest economy.
The Chinese yuan stood little changed at 6.9051 per dollar in offshore trade, having edged away from a five-month trough of 6.9200 set on Tuesday.
The dollar traded a shade higher at 109.675 yen, pulling away from a three-month low of 109.020 plumbed on Monday when trade war worries boosted investor demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency.
The euro was steady at $1.1202. The common currency had dipped nearly 0.2% the previous day after Italy's deputy prime minister said the country is ready to break European Union budget rules on debt levels if necessary to spur employment.
The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was nearly flat at 97.534 after gaining 0.2% the previous day.
In commodities, U.S. crude futures were down 1.04% at $61.14 per barrel after the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a bigger-than-expected build in crude oil inventory.
U.S. crude inventories rose by 8.6 million barrels in the week to May 10 to 477.8 million, compared with analysts' expectations for a decrease of 800,000 barrels.
Brent crude lost 0.69% to $70.75 per barrel.
Brent and U.S. crude futures had surged the previous day after top exporter Saudi Arabia said explosive-laden drones launched by a Yemeni-armed movement aligned to Iran had attacked facilities belonging to state oil company Aramco. (Editing by Shri Navaratnam)