During late Asian trade, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index jumped 1.5%, Australia’s ASX/200 Index rallied 1.7%, while 日本’s Nikkei 225 Index advanced 0.6%.


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Bernanke added that the Fed expects “a moderate recovery” to continue 和 strengthen over time.

Bernanke also announced that the central bank’s September policy-setting meeting would be extended to two days from one, in order to “allow a fuller discussion” on the economy.

Meanwhile, in 日本, 金融 Minister Noda defeated Trade 和 Industry Minister Banri Kaeida to become the country’s sixth prime minister in five years.