BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Tuesday after an overnight sell-off on Wall Street. But markets in China gained after the government set a 6-6.5 percent growth target for this year, suggesting strong government support for the economy.
The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.9 percent to 3,054.25, while the benchmark in Shenzhen, a smaller, more domestic-oriented market jumped 2.3 percent to 1,710.87. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was flat, at 28,961.60.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told the annual session of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament that the government was setting the growth target close to last year’s 6.6 percent growth, which was a three-decade low. That shows official determination to shore up the cooling economy and prevent politically hazardous job losses.
Li promised higher spending on technology development. Beijing is also aiming to raise military spending by 7.5 percent.
Elsewhere in Asia the focus was mainly on an absence of news of fresh progress in China-U.S. trade talks.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 21,726.28. South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.5 percent to 2,179.23.
Australia’s S&P ASX 200 fell 0.3 percent after the central bank opted to keep its key policy rate at 1.5 percent. Shares fell in Taiwan and most of Southeast Asia.
The world’s two largest economies have pulled back from an immediate escalation of their damaging trade war, with President Donald Trump postponing a deadline for raising tariffs on more Chinese goods, citing progress in a series of talks. Media reports say the nations could strike a deal this month.
Investors have been hoping for a resolution in the long-running trade dispute between the world’s biggest economies, which centers on China’s technological ambitions. Washington claims Beijing is stealing technology and forcing companies to turn over technology in order to do business.
The sell-off in New York on Monday centered mainly on health-related and technology shares that have made the most gains recently.
The S&P 500 index dropped 0.4 percent to 2,792.81. The index, a benchmark for many mutual funds, is still up 11.4 percent so far this year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.8 percent, to 25,819.65, while the Nasdaq composite lost 0.2 percent to 7,577.57. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies gave up 14.20 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,575.44.
ENERGY: U.S. crude lost 36 cents to $56.23 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It rose 1.4 percent Monday to settle at $56.59 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 28 cents to $65.39 a barrel.
CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 111.95 yen from 111.74 yen on Monday. The euro weakened to $1.1327 from $1.1341.
AP Business Writers Damien J. Troise and Alex Veiga contributed.