Asia's major equity markets have fallen after data from China's services sector disappointed.
The Shanghai Composite index was 1.79% lower at 2,045, while the Hang Seng shed 0.61% to trade at 22,678.
The MSCI Asia fell 0.8% to 139 while, in Japan, the Nikkei fell 2.35% to 15,908.
The shares were driven lower by indications Chinese growth may be slowing down, after a measure of the country's services sector showed falling output.
A private purchasing managers’ index of China’s services industry released today by HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics fell to 50.9 last month from 52.5 in November. A number above 50 indicates expansion.
European stock markets are expected to open lower today as investors prepare for several key data releases this week, including central bank meetings and US labour market data.
The FTSE 100 is tipped to open down five points at 6,725, the German DAX is seen down 11 points at 9,388 and the French CAC is seen five points lower at 4,224, according to CNBC.
PMI data for December will be released from the eurozone today, ahead of monetary policy decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its last FOMC meeting, at which it began tapering its stimulus programme. Investors will be scrutinising the minutes for hints at future policy moves.
Today the US Senate will vote on the appointment of Janet Yellen, vice chair of the Fed, to succeed Ben Bernanke at the helm of the central bank.
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