Hong Kong (CNN Business)Asian stocks fell broadly Wednesday, after US President Donald Trump criticized China in a series of tweets, adding to worries over trade negotiations that resumed recently in Shanghai.
Investors are also watching closely for the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decisions, due later in the day.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI) fell 0.8%. The Shanghai Composite Index (SHCOMP) fell 0.6%. Japan’s Nikkei dropped 1%. South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) lost 0.9%. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.2%. Taiwan’s Taiex also lost 0.3%.Dow falls ahead of Fed decisionTrump said Tuesday on Twitter that there is no sign yet that China has started buying US agricultural products. He suggested China “should probably” wait to see if a Democrat is elected next.”The problem with them waiting, however, is that if & when I win, the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now…or no deal at all,” he said.Read MoreApple manages to grow its business even as iPhone sales decline 12%The criticism came as the two countries’ top negotiators met in Shanghai for a two-day meeting through Wednesday, the first time since the countries declared a temporary truce at the G20 last month. Last week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNBC that he didn’t expect any major deal at the meeting.On Wednesday morning, government statistics showed China’s official Purchasing Managers’ Index inched up to 49.7 in July, slightly better than market expectations, but still below the 50-mark that separates contraction from expansion. Traders also await clues from the Caixin/Markit PMI due Thursday, a closely watched gauge that better reflects the private manufacturing sector than the official figures.North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea saysGeopolitical tensions rose in Asia, after North Korea on Wednesday launched yet another round of projectiles, US and South Korean officials confirmed. It’s North Korea’s third launch since May. The Federal Reserve is expected to deliver an interest cut later Wednesday, which would be the first time the central bank cut interest rates since 2008.Here are some of the other big moves on Asian markets at 11:20 a.m. Hong Kong time.Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) tumbled 3% in Seoul, after the electronics giant reported a 56% fall in profit for the second quarter from the same period a year earlier, citing declining prices in memory chips.Hong Kong is set to announce its second-quarter GDP figures later on Wednesday. Analysts expect the local economy to be hurt by the city’s massive protests. China General Nuclear Power Group, China’s largest nuclear power enterprise and one of the world’s largest, published a prospectus Wednesday morning, planning a $2.2 billion (15 billion yuan) listing on the Shenzhen stock exchange. It will be China’s largest stock market flotation this year. The money will be mainly used for building four nuclear reactors in southern Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.Oil prices rose in early Asia trading in anticipation of a Fed rate cut. WTI crude and Brent crude were both up, trading at $58.44 per barrel and $65.18 per barrel, respectively.US stocks ended lower on Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIEW) was down 0.1%. The S&P 500 index (INX) lost 0.3%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) dropped 0.2%.