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Asian shares slip on U.S. protectionism fears

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By Swati PandeySYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares eased on Wednesday amid fears of rising U.S. protectionism as President Donald Trump fired his Secretary of State, regarded as a moderate in his administration, and eyes hefty tariffs on Chinese imports.The combination left investors scurrying for safety as global equities took a knock, the dollar fell and bonds rose.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent, retreating from a 1-1/2 month high hit on Tuesday. Australian shares stumbled 0.8 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei dropped 0.8 percent. South ...

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 08:24 IST