Xinhua summary of Asia-Pacific stocks news at 1130 GMT, Jan. 8

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BEIJING -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Friday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.17 percent, at 3,570.11 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 0.24 percent lower at 15,319.29 points.

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HANOI -- The HNX-Index, the benchmark of Vietnam's northern Hanoi Stock Exchange, advanced in the first week of 2021 to close at 217.40 points on Friday.

The index started the week on a positive note on the first trading day of the New Year, then witnessed a gaining streak in the next four trading sessions of the week.

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BANGKOK -- The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index Friday moved up 22.66 points, or 1.50 percent to close at 1,536.44 points.

Some 30.49 billion shares worth 125.08 billion baht (about 4.17 billion U.S. dollars) changed hands.

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MUMBAI -- Indian markets closed at fresh record highs on Friday. IT stocks led from the front and contributed nearly half of Sensex's 600-point gains Friday. Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki, HDFC Bank, and L&T provided the remaining fillip to the BSE barometer.

The benchmark S&P, BSE Sensex closed at 48,782.51, 689.19 points or 1.43 percent up compared to its previous close at 48,093.32.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian stock market ended higher here on Friday.

The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI) was at 1,633.19, up 30.24 points, or 1.89 percent and the Emas was at 11,637.45, up 125.98 points, or 1.09 percent.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore stocks closed higher on Friday, with the benchmark Straits Times Index (STI) going up 2.97 percent, or 86.22 points, to close at 2,993.19.

The STI index went up 1.54 percent, or 43.96 points, to close at 2,906.97 on Thursday.

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao stock market closed on Friday with an increase of 0.75 percent compared to the previous trading day.

The Lao Securities Exchange composite index increased by 4.53 points, reaching 612.3 points after closing.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong stocks closed up 329.70 points, or 1.20 percent, to 27,878.22 points on Friday.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index traded between 27,538.2 and 27,920.77. Turnover totaled 270.29 billion Hong Kong dollars (about 34.88 billion U.S. dollars).

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand stock market's indicator, the S&P/NZX 50 index, jumped by 0.54 percent to 13,558 on Friday.

The jump was led by TruScreen Group Limited, which went up by 35.14 percent to 0.15 NZ dollars (0.11 U.S. dollars), while QEX Logistics Limited dropped by 8.82 percent to 0.31 NZ dollars.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market finished the first trading week of 2021 at a 10-month high on Friday, despite new lockdown measures being imposed in the country's third largest city.

At the market close the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was up 45.90 points or 0.68 percent at 6,757.90, while the broader All Ordinaries index was up 43.70 points or 0.63 percent at 7,024.20.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed sharply higher Friday, with the benchmark Nikkei stock index ending at its highest level in more than 30 years, as record closing highs on Wall Street overnight amid hopes for larger U.S. stimulus lifted investor sentiment.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 648.90 points, or 2.36 percent, from Thursday to close the day at 28,139.03, marking its highest closing level since Aug. 8, 1990.

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SEOUL -- South Korean stocks ended higher Friday.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) soared 120.50 points, or 3.97 percent, to settle at 3,152.18. Trading volume stood at 1.27 billion shares worth 40.2 trillion won (36.9 billion U.S. dollars).

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MANILA -- Philippine shares closed 2.39 percent higher on Friday.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index increased by 170.27 points to 7,289.88. The all-share index went up by 82.78 points, or 1.94 percent, to 4,354.27. Enditem

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