Most Asian stock markets advanced Wednesday, with automotive shares mixed in Japan and bank shares down in South Korea. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 climbed 0.4%, South Korea's Kospi Composite inched up 0.1% and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.6%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1%, China's Shanghai Composite jumped 2% and New Zealand's NZX 50 gained 1.2%. Taiwan's Taiex dropped 0.8%, Singapore's Straits Times added 0.5% and India's Sensex lost 0.4%.

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