Asian shares rise as investors watch trade war, economies

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Tokyo, Aug. 19 (BNA): Asian shares were higher Monday, as investors continue to rejigger their read on President Donald Trump’s trade war and growing worries about slowing economies around the world.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% in afternoon trading to 20,551.75. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.8% to 6,454.10, while South Korea’s Kospi was 0.6% higher at 1,937.74. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.9% to 26,216.23. The Shanghai Composite added 1.5% to 2,865.32, the Associated Press (AP) reported.