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HONG KONG, Jan 23 AFP

January 23 2013, 7:44PM

Hong Kong shares have closed 0.1 per cent lower after hitting a 20-month high in the previous session.

Despite a positive lead from Wall Street, the benchmark Hang Seng Index eased 23.89 points to 23,635.10 on Wednesday on turnover of HK$80.89 billion ($A9.94 billion).

Chinese shares closed up 0.25 per cent. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 5.77 points to 2,320.91 on turnover of 97.0 billion yuan ($A14.84 billion).