Asian markets gained in early trading Friday amid optimism over U.S.-China trade talks, which headed into their second day in Washington.

Despite low expectations going into the first face-to-face high-level negotiations since July, hopes rose that a limited trade deal could be agreed upon after Thursday first day of meetings. “We’re doing very well … We’re going to see them tomorrow, right here, and it’s going very well,” President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House.

Trump is scheduled to meet Vice Premier Liu He, China’s lead trade negotiator, on Friday after the talks wrap up. Analysts are hopeful that enough progress will be made for Trump to put off tariff hikes on $250 billion of Chinese imports scheduled to go into effect next week.

“Investors are starting to believe there is light at the end of the trade-war tunnel,” Stephen Innes, Asia-Pacific market strategist at AxiTrader, wrote in a note.

Japan’s Nikkei

NIK, +1.15%

  rose 1% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index

HSI, +2.30%

  jumped 1.3%. The Shanghai Composite

SHCOMP, +0.94%

  was about flat while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite

399106, +0.32%

  slipped 0.4%. South Korea’s Kospi

180721, +0.81%

  gained 0.8%, and benchmark indexes in Malaysia

FBMKLCI, +0.18%

 , Singapore

STI, +0.71%

  and Indonesia

JAKIDX, +1.03%

  rose slightly. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200

XJO, +0.91%

  advanced 0.6%. Taiwan’s Taiex remained closed for a holiday.

Among individual stocks, Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing

9983, +2.63%

  surged in Tokyo trading after reporting record profit for the third straight fiscal year. Honda

7267, +2.30%

  and oil producer Inpex

1605, +3.26%

  also rose. In Hong Kong, national oil company CNOOC

883, +4.35%

  gained, as did tech giant Tencent

700, +2.07%

  and property developer Sun Hung Kai Properties

16, +3.60%

 . Samsung Electronics

005930, +1.24%

  advanced in South Korea, while mining giants BHP

BHP, +2.14%

  and Rio Tinto

RIO, +2.33%

  gained in Australia.

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