Stocks were getting hammered in late trade in China for the third day in a row.
A short time ago the Shanghai Composite was down 2.75%.
Shanhai has dropped about 8% in three days, the biggest decline since mid 2013.
Some of the decline is being driven by a slowing in growth of margin lending after regulators tightened rules.
Also local reporting of the markets has become less upbeat.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng was down 1.16%.