Asian share markets were down in skittish early trade on Tuesday as investors held their breath ahead of a potentially tense meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this week.
South Korea's trade data for March released over the weekend added to the evidence of an improving global demand outlook, with the country's exports rising more than expected.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.1 percent in early trade, a day after posting its biggest single-day rise in more than two weeks. Australia's markets led early losers.
Chinese stocks were resiliently higher, with Shanghai composite up 0.03 percent and Shenzhen composite added 0.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index was up 0.46 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei stock index got a tailwind from a weaker yen and gained 0.7 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.1 percent in early trade after four straight days of gains while Japan's yen-sensitive Nikkei was off 0.7 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent, led by resource-related shares. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.4 percent, hitting its highest level since early January.
Japan's Nikkei stock index surged 1.8 percent as it got a tailwind from a weaker yen, poised to added 1.8 percent for the week.
Asian shares climbed to their highest in more than 18 months on Thursday, as investors grew more confident about China while the dollar slightly firmed in the wake of growing concerns over political instability in Europe.
Japan's Nikkei bounced back 0.3 percent a day after it hit a two-week low.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2 percent while Japan's Nikkei also ticked up 0.05 percent.
Japan's Nikkei 225 recovered from earlier losses of more than 0.5 percent to trade down 0.08 percent, breaking away from the correlation of a weaker yen hurting the benchmark index.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a currency basket, was at 100.29 versus levels above 100.5 seen late last week after the Dow Jones industrial average rose above 20,000.
Japan's Nikkei rose 0.3 percent, extending gains for the week to 1.7 percent.
Japan's Nikkei stock index was up 1 percent, lifted by the weaker yen's tailwind.
Japanese benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.91 percent, as the yen strengthened against the dollar. A stronger yen is generally bad news for Japanese companies as it makes exports more expensive and lowers repatriated profits earned overseas.
Asian shares were no exception, with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up 0.1 percent in early trade, and Australian shares at a 1-1/2-year high.
Japan's Nikkei lost 0.7 percent, edging away from its recent one-year top. Australia's main index eased 0.4 percent, having touched a 17-month peak the previous day.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock index slumped 0.6 percent.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.1 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock index slid 0.5 percent as the dollar came off highs against the yen.
The Nikkei 225 surged 0.98 percent at its open, as the yen weakened against the dollar, trading at 115.39 as of 8:05 am HK/SIN, compared to levels around 113 last week.
Japan's Nikkei put on 1 percent, brushing off a disappointing downward revision to economic growth for the third quarter.
The Australian market rose despite the data showing the economy contracted in the third quarter. While rate futures imply scant chance of another rate cut in the next few months, all thought of a hike has also vanished.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 opened down 0.58 percent, as South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.18 percent. Elsewhere, the NZX 50 fell slightly as Prime Minister John Key said he would resign, citing it as "the right time" as he would not seek a fourth term.
Japan's Nikkei , which jumped to an 11-month high on Thursday, slipped 0.6 percent early on Friday as the yen strengthened. It is set for a weekly gain of 0.1 percent.