Market focus is largely attuned to trade developments between the world’s two largest economies, with a new round of negotiations expected in Washington on Tuesday.
A follow-up session of higher-level talks is expected later in the week, as both sides look to resolve their protracted dispute before a March 1 deadline.
Last week, President Donald Trump suggested he might extend the deadline for a deal, which would stop an immediate increase in tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, edged down 0.1 percent.
In the U.K., Japanese carmaker Honda is reportedly set to announce the closure of its Swindon car plant on Tuesday, risking the loss of 3,500 jobs.
The company is set to hold a news conference at 0800 GMT to announce further details.