With an hour left in trading, the Shenzhen Composite is down 4.6 per cent on the day, bringing its year-to-date loss to 18 per cent.

Here are China markets today, including Hong Kong (the long line reflects the lunch break):

And here’s the first six sessions of 2016 (long horizontals reflecting lunch breaks and the two instances when markets were frozen by since-abandoned circuit breakers):

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