Major stock markets in Asia rose on Monday, on hopes that US lawmakers will pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief aid this month. The Nikkei 225 hit a 30-1/2-year high, while the Shanghai Composite surged after Chinese authorities approved Sinovac’s virus vaccine for general public use. Stocks in South Korea, however, fell, dragged down by auto stocks after Hyundai Motor said it is not in talks with Apple on electric cars.