Asian markets cautious in face of geopolitical risks

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Hong Kong - Asian markets moved cautiously on Wednesday as global geopolitical risks continued to gnaw at investor sentiment following last week's US missile strike on Syria and soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Dealers remain on edge over a brewing crisis following the attack that has damaged ties between the US and Russia over Moscow's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Moscow on Tuesday to confront the Kremlin about its support for Assad, following a US strike last week that Washington said was in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed dozens.

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