Most Asian-Pacific markets fell Thursday ahead of next week's Lunar New Year holiday in China. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.9%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index edged down 0.3%. China's Shanghai Composite gave up 0.7%. South Korea's Kospi slid 0.2%. India's Sensex was down 0.3% at midafternoon. Bucking the trend, Taiwan's Taiex rose 0.2%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.3%.
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