The Shanghai Composite has added 17 points or 0.58% to 2902 by 2:00pm CST after U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that an initial ‘phase one’ agreement is still possible by the end of the year. Meanwhile in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng lifted 500 points or 1.88% to 27055 as pro-democracy candidates achieved a landslide and symbolic majority in district council elections, with residents turning out in record numbers to vote. The Nikkei 225 added 181 points or 0.78% to 23282 and the Kospi added 22 points or 1.02% to 2123.