Shares in China closed lower, with the Shanghai Composite Index down 0.4 percent to 2,106 and the Shenzhen Composite Index 0.6 percent lower at 853.33.
Elsewhere in Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.4 percent to close at 8,975.15. Hong Kong's Hang Seng lost 0.3 percent to 21,944.43.
Oil prices tracked equities higher, with benchmark crude for December delivery up 51 cents at $86.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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