Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, June 5

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.03 percent, at 2,861.42 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.03 percent lower at 8,746.05 points.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed up 133.92 points, or 0.50 percent, to 26,895.44 points on Wednesday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 26,803.66 and 27,119.48. Turnover totaled 79.49 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 10.14 billion U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand shares edged higher on the prospect of lower interest rates.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index increased 4.13 points, or 0.04 percent, to 9,956.06. Within the index, 21 stocks went up, 20 down, and nine were unchanged. Turnover was 132.3 million New Zealand dollars.

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SEOUL -- Seoul shares ended slightly higher Wednesday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 2.14 points, or 0.10 percent, to settle at 2,069.11. Trading volume stood at 372.8 million shares worth 4.4 trillion won (3.7 billion U.S. dollars).

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday, with the benchmark Nikkei stocks index snapping a five-day losing streak as the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve hinting at a possible rate cut to support the economy bolstered investor sentiment.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average climbed 367.56 points, or 1.80 percent, from Tuesday to close the day at 20,776.10.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished higher on Wednesday with tech stocks leading gains and financials adding support.

At the market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 26.10 points or 0.41 percent at 6,358.50, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 26.90 points or 0.42 percent at 6,443.60.

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HANOI -- Stock market index of Vietnam's capital Hanoi, HNX-Index, closed at 103.54 points on Wednesday, up 0.48 points, or 0.47 percent from the previous trading session.

Nearly 20.4 million shares worth roughly 240.8 billion Vietnamese dong (10.5 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Specifically, foreign investors bought 183,810 shares valued at 1.6 billion Vietnamese dong (69,130 U.S. dollars), and sold 460,072 shares valued at 10 billion Vietnamese dong (433,478 U.S. dollars).

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BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Wednesday moved up 10.77 points, or 0.66 percent to close at 1,648.46 points.

Some 14.41 billion shares worth 54.21 billion baht (about 1.73 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands. Enditem

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