Rallies in Shanghai and Sydney helped Asian stocks rebound on Tuesday as Japanese shares hit a four-and-a-half year closing high and investors cheered China's pledge to boost spending at its annual parliamentary meeting.
Outgoing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao set out a reform plan during the gathering of lawmakers in Beijing, known as the National People's Congress in order to achieve a 2013 growth target of 7.5 percent.
Mainland shares recovered 2 percent after hitting a 6-week closing low on Monday, lifting the Hang Seng Index up 0.1 percent to end in positive territory for the first time in three days.
Japan's Nikkei closed at its highest levels since October 2008 while Australia's ASX 200 index ended 37 points shy of a four-and-a-half-year peak. South Korea's stock market came off earlier highs to close up 0.2 percent.