Asian shares rose to their highest in nearly five months on expectations of an imminent deal to reopen the US government and avert a possible debt default, though the squabbling in Washington kept markets on edge ahead of Thursday’s deadline, reported Reuters. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.70 percent or 161.41 points at 23,379.73 and Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.37 percent or 53.60 points at 14,458.34. South Korea’s Seoul Composite added 0.90 percent or 18.14 points at 2,038.41 and Taiwan’s Taiwan Weighted was up 0.80 percent or 66.46 points at 8,340.42. China’s Shanghai Composite was flat at 2,237.26. Singapore’s Straits Times shut today.