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EM ASIA FX-Most Asian currencies firm on hopes for China-U.S. talks, baht leads gains

* Thai baht is the region's biggest gainer

* Yuan extends declines for a fourth session

* Malaysia market awaits c.bank rate decision

(Adds text, updates prices)

By Shriya Ramakrishnan

May 7 (Reuters) - Most emerging Asian currencies rose

against the dollar on Tuesday, on hopes trade negotiations

between the United States and China will resume this week and

make progress in spite of President Donald Trump's threat to

raise tariffs on more Chinese goods.

China's foreign ministry has confirmed that a Chinese

delegation is preparing to go to United States for talks.

Trump's threats to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese

goods and target hundreds of billions more soon roiled Asian

financial markets on Monday.

"Markets may be looking at U.S.-China negotiations from a

glass half-full perspective," Chang Wei Liang, an FX strategist

at Mizuho Bank said.

"The response from the Chinese side has been quite muted -

they haven't cancelled trade talks with Washington so there is a

chance they can find some common ground to defer implementation

of tariffs for a second time."

The South Korean won, trading again after a

holiday on Monday, strengthened 0.1 percent against the

greenback, while the Singapore dollar edged higher.

The Malaysian ringgit barely moved ahead of the

central bank policy decision due at 0700 GMT.

A slim majority of analysts in a Reuters poll forecast

Malaysia will to cut its benchmark rate by 25 basis points to

3.00 percent to cope with slowing growth.

The Malaysian government has already cut growth forecasts

for the year and projected a drop in export expansion, as it

continues to face risks from slowing global growth and the

U.S.-China trade war.

The Philippine peso moved in and out of positive

territory after data showed annual inflation slowed for a sixth

consecutive month in April, reinforcing views the central bank

will loosen its grip on monetary policy to support economic


China's yuan weakened for a fourth straight

session, shedding 0.3 percent to the dollar. Prior to market

opening, China's central bank lowered its official yuan midpoint

to a fresh 2-1/2-month low at 6.7614 per dollar.


The Thai baht which resumed trading after a

holiday, strengthened 0.4 percent against the dollar, the

biggest intraday gain in more than a month.

Chang of Mizuho said that with uncertainties over a

U.S.-China trade deal, manufacturers may be looking to diversify

production away from China, and Thailand could be one of the


The baht remains emerging Asia's top performing currency

this year, after outperforming peers in 2018.

The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against

the dollar at 0540 GMT.


Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move

Japan yen 110.620 110.76 +0.13

Sing dlr 1.362 1.3630 +0.04

Taiwan dlr 30.908 30.925 +0.06

Korean won 1168.500 1170 +0.13

Baht 31.890 32.02 +0.41

Peso 51.910 51.92 +0.02

Rupiah 14300.000 14290 -0.07

Rupee 69.380 69.41 +0.04

Ringgit 4.146 4.146 +0.00

Yuan 6.780 6.7622 -0.26

Change so far in 2019

Currency Latest bid End 2018 Pct Move

Japan yen 110.620 109.56 -0.96

Sing dlr 1.362 1.3627 +0.02

Taiwan dlr 30.908 30.733 -0.57

Korean won 1168.500 1115.70 -4.52

Baht 31.890 32.55 +2.07

Peso 51.910 52.47 +1.08

Rupiah 14300.000 14375 +0.52

Rupee 69.380 69.77 +0.56

Ringgit 4.146 4.1300 -0.39

Yuan 6.780 6.8730 +1.37

(Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru, Editing by

Richard Borsuk)