An unimpressive handover from Wall Street also kept a lid on risk appetite.
Major US averages closed down modestly overnight, as investors put off making big bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's highly-anticipated meeting this week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 declined 0.4 percent each, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq inched down 0.3 percent.
Mainland indices slide China's Shanghai Composite index declined 1.85 percent, trimming losses slightly after opening down 2.3 percent.
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