Hong Kong blue chips turned negative at midday. The benchmark Hang Seng Index was 24,298.60, down by 27.02 ponts, or 0.11 percent.
Shares in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (388) are down by 0.34 percent at HK$291.40.
In mainland China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange Composite Index is at 2,917.17, down by 0.21 percent. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange Composite Index is positive at 1,848.43.
In Tokyo, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 232.86 points, or 1.03 percent, at 22,846.62. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, added 14.10 points, or 0.88 percent, at 1,613.18.