Stocks were stronger overnight in Asia, but markets were generally weaker during Europe's trading sessions Wednesday.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 edged ahead by 0.1% to 17,529, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.3% to 20,937.
China's CSI 300 Index was up 2.7% at 3700, while Taiwan's Taiex tacked on 0.2% to 7989. South Korea's Kospi advanced 0.7% to 1601, and Singapore's Straits Times Index added 0.8% to 3501.
Elsewhere, Australia's All Ordinaries Index was fractionally higher at 6301, and India's Sensex gained 1.4% to 14,127.
Meanwhile, London's FTSE 100 was unchanged at 6568. Frankfurt's Xetra DAX eased 0.1% to 7496, and the Paris Cac 40 was down 0.1% at 6046.
The Swiss Market Index was off 0.1% at 9385, and Milan's MIB 30 shed 0.2% to 43,775. Stocks rose in Sweden, Norway and Finland.