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Record number of Chinese firms delisted

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A record six Chinese companies were delisted from the Australian Securities Exchange last year, according to Australia's ABC News, bringing the total number of Chinese companies delisted over the past two years to nine.

They were mostly delisted due to reporting and other governance issues, the report said.

Also in 2018, no new Chinese companies listed on the ASX and many that applied to list were rejected, it said.

It comes as China is embroiled in a trade war with the US, while many countries are wary of China's revival as a major global power.

Asian stocks fall

Asian stock markets broadly fell on Friday.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell nearly 2% to 27,871.11, while the Shanghai Composite was 1.4% lower at 2,681.60.

China's producer price index only grew 0.1% in January from a year ago, the slowest level since 2016, according to media reports.

It's more evidence of weakness in the Chinese economy.

Japan's Nikkei 225 fell more than 1%.

The losses were made against the backdrop of ongoing US-China trade talks in Beijing, with reports saying the US and Chinese sides remained far apart in negotiations.

Asian markets broadly steady

Asian markets were broadly steady, with investors reluctant to place big bets as high-level trade talks between China and the US proceed in Beijing.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.4% to 28,391.47 while the Shanghai Composite was flat at 2,720.47.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was little changed on the day.

Chinese stocks rise 1%

Asian stocks rose on Wednesday, taking their cue from Wall Street which rallied overnight.

The rise came as China and US officials are due to hold high level talks in Beijing later in the week in a bid to end months of fighting a damaging trade war.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was up 1% at 28,455.83 while the Shanghai Composite was 1.1% higher at 2,700.7.

Japan's benchmark Nkkei 225 rose 1.4%

Asian stocks rise

Stocks were broadly higher in Asia on Tuesday.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was up 2.6% at 20,864.21.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was flat while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.3%.

London stock market opens flat

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London's share markets are open for business and it's a pretty pedestrian start to the week.

The 100 index of top companies is up just 10 points in early business at 6,978.95. Frankfurt's Dax is down a little and Paris's Cac is also down. Nothing dramatic though as yet.

Asian markets were pretty tame earlier. Japan closed up 53 points at 20,719.33. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was a little stronger, closing up 105 points at 27,196.5.

Asian stocks rise on US-China optimism

Asian stocks rose on Friday, after a Wall Street Journal report that U.S. officials are debating dialling back tariffs on Chinese imports lifted stock markets generally.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was 1% higher at 27,031.58, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.9% at 2,581.94..

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was 1.3% higher on the day.

Asian stocks mixed

Stock market trading in Asia was mixed during the early afternoon.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was little changed at 26,906.32, while the Shanghai Composite was up 0.3% at 2,578.47.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was 0.3% lower.

Asian stocks shrug off Brexit mayhem

Asian stocks showed little reaction to developments in the UK, where MP's rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

In China, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.1% to 26,804.66 while the Shanghai Composite was down 0.1% at 2,567.99.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was 0.7% lower.