Asian equities fell Monday as data showed China exports weakened ahead of U.S.-China trade talks and tracking last week’s stock-market retreat in the U.S.
Japan’s Nikkei NIK, -2.12% paced losses throughout the session, closing down 2.1%.
China’s export growth sank in November as global demand weakened, adding to pressure on Beijing ahead of trade talks with Washington.
Exports rose 5.4% over a year ago to $227.4 billion, a marked decline from the previous month’s 12.6% increase, customs data showed Saturday. Imports rose 3% to $182.7 billion, a sharp reversal from October’s 20.3% surge.