Most Asian-Pacific exchanges rose Monday with China posting the strongest gains and Japan falling back on profit-taking. China's Shanghai Composite rose 2.4%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.4%. Taiwan's Taiex added 0.6%. Japan's Nikkei 225 closed down 0.9%. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.4%. India's Sensex was flat at midafternoon. Australia's markets were closed for a holiday.

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