Most Asian share markets advanced Wednesday, led by a 1.8% increase on Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index. Japan's Nikkei 225 inched up 0.1%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.2% and South Korea's Kospi Composite was flat. China's Shanghai Composite gave up 0.3%, Taiwan's Taiex added 0.4% and New Zealand's NZX 50 gained 0.5%. In afternoon trading, India's Sensex was up 0.1% and Singapore's Straits Times Index climbed 0.6%.

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