Asian markets swing with trade in focus

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Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday as investors keep tabs on the developments in the China-US trade talks after a report said Beijing was concerned about the outlook.
Hong Kong extended Monday’s rally but continuing protests in parts of the city—particularly a violent standoff at a university—remained a source of worry.
Regional traders were given another strong lead from Wall Street, where all three main indexes ended at new records on hopes for a good holiday shopping season with the key Black Friday sales day coming next week.
World equities have broadly been on the rise in recent weeks on optimism that the world’s top two economies will eventually hammer out a mini trade deal as part of a wider agreement.
However, there have been bumps in the road and the latest came Monday when CNBC reported that China was pessimistic about the chances of a pact because Donald Trump is not in favour of rolling back tariffs.
Trump last week denied claims by Beijing that the two sides had put in place a plan to remove levies as the talks progress. The report again highlighted the fragile nature of the negotiations.— APP