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Hong Kong shares gain

Hong Kong stocks rose on Wednesday led by Chinese insurers, although a slump in shares of European retailer Esprit limited the benchmark's gain.

The Hang Seng index ended the day up 0.82 percent while the China Enterprises index of top locally listed mainland firms finished up 1.5 percent.

On the mainland, the Shanghai Composite closed up 1.3 percent while the large-cap focused CSI300 rose 1.6 percent.

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