Most Asian-Pacific markets advanced Thursday as investors became less concerned about an anticipated withdrawal of stimulus by the Federal Reserve and China's liquidity squeeze seemed to be easing. Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 3%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 0.5%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.7%. South Korea's Kospi advanced 2.9%. China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.1%. India's Sensex was up 1.7%.

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