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Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.2 percent at 8,435.59, tracking overnight gains on Wall Street. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.3 percent to 19,052.36. Australia’s S&P ASX 200 added 1 percent to 4,193.40.

Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan, and mainland China also rose. Opposing the trend was South Korea’s Kospi, which fell 0.3 percent at 1,846.99.

Commodity prices, which rose on expectations that China’s economy will continue to grow this year, helped boost mining and energy shares.

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