Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, April 18

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower Thursday, with shares of an industrial hemp producer leading the losses.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index went down 0.4 percent at 3,250.2 points. The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.55 percent lower at 10,287.67 points.

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed lower Thursday.

After hitting record highs in the morning trade, the benchmark indices gave all the gains and remained under pressure for rest of the day on the last trading day of the week.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed lower Thursday, with the benchmark Nikkei stock index snapping a five-day winning streak, as investors opted to lock in gains made following the market's recent rise.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average lost 187.85 points, or 0.84 percent, from Wednesday to close the day at 22,090.12.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian stock market ended lower here on Thursday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1.619.73, down 1.17 points or 0.07 percent, and the Emas was at 11,467.12, down 4.46 points or 0.04 percent.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore stocks closed lower on Thursday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going down 0.03 percent, or 1.06 points, to close at 3,347.58.

A total of 923.26 million shares changed hands with a turnover of 952.80 million Singapore dollars (about 703.38 million U.S. dollars). Losers outnumbered gainers by 230 to 166.

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HANOI -- Stock market index of Vietnam's capital Hanoi, HNX-Index, closed at 105.75 points on Thursday, down 0.68 points or 0.64 percent from the previous trading session.

Nearly 33 million shares worth 385.2 billion Vietnamese dong (16.7 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Thursday. Specifically, foreign investors bought 754,525 shares valued at 6.8 billion Vietnamese dong (296,087 U.S. dollars), and sold 345,910 shares valued at 2.7 billion Vietnamese dong (118,696 U.S. dollars).

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed down 161.42 points, or 0.54 percent, to 29,963.26 points on Thursday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 29,896.86 and 30,101.83. Turnover totaled 91.24 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 11.64 billion U.S. dollars).

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao stock market closed on Thursday with an decrease of 0.11 percent compared to the previous trading day.

The Lao Securities Exchange composite index decreased by 0.88 points, reaching 810.32 points after closing.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished flat on Thursday after giving up early gains following the release of domestic economic data.

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 3.40 points or 0.054 percent at 6,259.80, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 0.40 points or 0.0063 percent at 6,349.90.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market's indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, dropped slightly by 0.23 percent to 9,960 on Thursday.

The rise was led by Kingfish Limited, which invests in growing New Zealand companies. The company rose by 10.94 percent to 0.071 NZ dollars (0.048 U.S. dollars), while Blackwell Global Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, dropped by 28.57 percent to 0.005 NZ dollars.

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SEOUL -- Seoul shares ended lower Thursday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) declined 32.12 points, or 1.43 percent, to settle at 2,213.77. Trading volume stood at 505.7 million shares worth 5.9 trillion won (5.2 billion U.S. dollars).

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's stocks finished lower on Thursday, with the Cambodia Securities Exchange Index down 11.26 points, or 1.95 percent, to close at 565.57.

A total of 8,167 shares worth 57.4 million riel (14,285 U.S. dollars) were traded. Enditem

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