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4/26, 8:11 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asian stocks mostly fall ahead of Trump-Abe talks

Asian shares were mostly in the red on Friday, before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and United States President Donald Trump meet in Washington DC to discuss bilateral topics, including trade. Yesterday, Tokyo's Finance Minister Taro Aso, accompanied by economic and fiscal policy minister Toshimitsu Motegi, met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Aso said that Tokyo wants exchange rates to be discussed as a separate issue, while the US delegation disagreed, seeking to end unilateral devaluations.

The Nikkei 225 was 0.18% in the red at 7:43 am CET, while South Korea's Kospi Composite dropped 0.44% at the same time.

China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.86% as the Shenzhen Composite contracted by 0.81%, at 8:03 am CET. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.09% at 8:05 am CET.

Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was flat concurrently.

The dollar was flat against the yen, buying ¥111.6730 at 8:07 am CET.

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