Mainland Chinese shares posted substantial gains after recent sharp sell-offs. The Shanghai Composite Index climbed 1.6 percent to 2,061.79. The smaller Shenzhen Composite Index jumped 2.1 percent to 786.05.
Benchmark oil for January delivery was up 1 cent to $86.27 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The euro fell 0.2 percent to $1.2938.
___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this report.