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HONG KONG, Dec 21 AFP

December 21 2012, 7:17PM

Hong Kong shares ended 0.68 per cent lower as traders grew nervous about US fiscal cliff talks after a vote to push through a back-up plan was scrapped owing to a lack of support.

The benchmark Hang Seng Index fell 153.49 points to close at 22,506.29 on turnover of HK$62.03 billion ($A7.66 billion).

Chinese shares ended down 0.69 per cent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 15.04 points to 2,153.31 on turnover of 84.6 billion yuan ($A13.03 billion), after touching a five-month high of 2,190.40.