Major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region ended the week lacking direction, amid uncertainties surrounding the Chinese regulatory drive, concerns over the spread of the Delta variant in the region and hopes that governments and central banks will continue to roll out stimulus. Shares in Japan led the gains, gaining around 0.3%, supported by the energy and real estate sectors. The ASX 200, meantime, headed for its best week since early June after the index scaled record highs in the past two sessions. Meantime, both the Shanghai Composite (-0.6%) and the Kospi (-0.3%) fell for the second day while stocks in Hong Kong were almost flat.