Asian-Pacific markets took a big fall Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke talked about tapering off the central bank's bond buying and data showed a decline in China's industrial activity. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 1.7%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 2.9%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 2.1%. China's Shanghai Composite declined 2.8%. South Korea's Kospi gave up 2%. India's Sensex was down 2.7%.

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