Asia Pacific stocks were mixed on Friday as investors watched for developments on the U.S.-China trade front.
Mainland Chinese stocks were edged up on the day, with the Shenzhen component up 0.89% to 9,548.96 and Shenzhen composite advancing 0.91% to approximately 1,612.26. The Shanghai composite added 0.11% to around 2,932.17.
China's industrial profits for August dropped 2% from a year earlier, according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics. That followed a 2.6% gain in July and a 3.1% in June.
"The pressure is there, it's not just in terms of ... exports," Sian Fenner, lead Asia economist at Oxford Economics, told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Friday. "The investment growth has remained very weak and we've even seen that consumption has actually slowed with what we've been seeing in retail sales."
"It does look we're gonna have another weak quarter and we will need more stimulus," she added.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index slipped 0.3%, as of its final hour of trading.
Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.77% to close at 21,878.90 as shares of index heavyweight and conglomerate Softbank Group fell 1.96%. The Topix index also shed 1.17% to end its trading day at 1,604.25. Shares of Apple supplier Japan Display plummeted 10.45% after the company said Thursday Chinese investment firm Harvest Group would withdraw from a bailout.
Overall, the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index traded 0.24% lower.
Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are set to resume on October 10 in Washington, D.C., three people close to the talks told CNBC on Thursday. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will be representing the delegation from Beijing, one of the people told CNBC.
The latest development comes as Beijing and Washington remain locked in a tariff fight that has lasted for more than a year, rattled markets and clouding investor sentiment over the global economic outlook.
Japan's Tokyo Electron dropped 1.89% while Renasas advanced 1.11%. Over in South Korea, Samsung Electronics slipped 1.63% and SK Hynix fell 2.28%. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company shares in Taipei rose 1.49%.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was last at 99.259 after bouncing from levels below 99.0 in the previous trading day.
The Japanese yen traded at 107.8 per dollar after weakening from levels below 107.5 yesterday. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.676 following a decline from levels above $0.678 seen earlier in the trading week.
Oil prices slipped in the afternoon of Asian trading hours, with international benchmark Brent crude futures shedding 0.86% to $62.20 per barrel and U.S. crude futures declining 0.6% to $56.07 per barrel.
— Reuters, along with CNBC's Kevin Breuninger and Kayla Tausche, contributed to this report.