Representatives of seven member countries of the Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) are gathering here for a two-day meeting to seek cooperation in combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

The Australian market opened slightly lower on Thursday, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's tax reform announcements.

South Korea's first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.9 percent compared with the previous quarter thanks to export recovery, central bank data showed on Thursday.

Tokyo stocks opened lower Thursday as investors locked in profits following the market's recent run of closing highs, with some investors opting to hit the sidelines ahead of the conclusion of a two-day central bank meeting later in the day.