Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1100 GMT, July 24

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed higher on Wednesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.8 percent to 2,923.28 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.99 percent higher at 9,266.3 points.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed up 57.56 points, or 0.20 percent, to 28,524.04 points on Wednesday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 28,515.92 and 28,764.5. Turnover totaled 68.76 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 8.80 billion U.S. dollars).

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed lower Wednesday. Indian indices continue its downtrend on the fifth consecutive day. Among the sectors, metal index slipped over 2 percent, followed by auto, energy, infra, IT and pharma.

The benchmark S&P, BSE Sensex closed at 37,847.65, 135.09 points or 0.36 percent down compared to its previous close at 37,982.74.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed higher Wednesday with tech issues advancing after inheriting a solid lead from Wall Street overnight, as solid corporate earnings lifted sentiment.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 88.69 points, or 0.41 percent, from Tuesday to close the day at 21,709.57.

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SEOUL -- Seoul shares ended lower Wednesday. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) declined 19.15 points, or 0.91 percent, to settle at 2,082.30. Trading volume stood at 841.6 million shares worth 4.1 trillion won (3.5 billion U.S. dollars).

South Korea's currency finished at 1,177.9 won against the greenback, up 1.0 won from the previous close.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished firmly higher on Wednesday with most sectors recording solid gains, with the exception of materials which slumped.

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 52.10 points or 0.77 percent at 6,776.70, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 49.90 points or 0.73 percent at 6,862.40.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's stocks finished higher on Wednesday, with the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) Index up 1.04 points, or 0.17 percent, to close at 616.72.

A total of 9,322 shares worth 105.65 million riel (25,877 U.S. dollars) were traded, said a CSX's press release, adding that Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) shared 87.17 percent of the total trading value.

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HANOI -- Stock market index of Vietnam's capital Hanoi, HNX-Index, closed at 106.44 points on Wednesday, down 0.27 points, or 0.25 percent from the previous trading session.

Over 36 million shares worth more than 480.8 billion Vietnamese dong (20.9 million U.S. dollars) were traded at the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Specifically, foreign investors bought 129,110 shares valued at 2.26 billion Vietnamese dong (98,260 U.S. dollars), and sold 970,965 shares valued at 12.94 billion Vietnamese dong (0.56 million U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market retreated on Wednesday's trading from five successive daily gains.

The S&P/NZX 50 Index decreased 54.71 points, or 0.5 percent to 10,812.54. The index hit a record at 10,892.01. Within the index, 17 stocks were up, 24 down and 9 were unchanged. Turnover was 98.05 million New Zealand dollars.

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

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,652.41 down 3.26 points or 0.20 percent, and the Emas was at 11,756.54 down 19.11 points or 0.16 percent. Enditem

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