Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated while in Europe, the pan-European STOXX 600 fell 0.6% by 08:09 GMT.
Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated while in Europe, the pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 0.7% after a new round of sanctions aimed at China hit Asian markets.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.7% by 0810 GMT, while the German DAX gained 0.9%, France's CAC 40 was up 0.8% and UK's FTSE 100 added 1%.
Shares in Taiwan, India and Thailand were higher, as upbeat Chinese exports data also underpinned risk appetite.
Market benchmarks in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Seoul and Sydney advanced.
The pan-regional STOXX 600 index rose 1.7%, with data indicating that activities increased in major eurozone economies in February.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.5%, inching closer to a record peak set last year.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index was down 0.2%, after declining by 0.7% in early morning trading while in Asia, market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong retreated.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.07%. The index is close to wiping out all the gains it has posted so far this year.