* HSI -1.8%, HSCE -2.0%, CSI300 -1.9%
* Evergrande falls on report of letter seeking local govt
* U.S. Fed officials call for more fiscal support
BEIJING, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares closed near a
four-month low on Thursday following a selloff in equity markets
worldwide, as a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and warnings from
U.S. Federal Reserve officials undermined hopes for a quick
** At the close of trade, the Hang Seng index was down
431.44 points, or 1.82%, at 23,311.07, its lowest since May 29.
The Hang Seng China Enterprises index fell 1.96% to
** The subindex of the Hang Seng tracking energy shares
dipped 2.9%, while the IT sector fell 2.9%. The
financial sector ended 1.82% lower and the property
sector lost 0.18%.
** U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida on Wednesday
called for more fiscal stimulus, saying the U.S. economy remains
in a "deep hole" of joblessness and weak demand.
** Consecutive drops and resurgence in coronavirus cases abroad
are delaying recovery in the United States and leading to market
slumps, said Zhang Yanbing, an analyst with Zheshang Securities.
** HK-listed shares of Chinese No.2 property developer China
Evergrande Group fell 5.6% to HK$15.22, the lowest
since May 12. Chinese online media posted a letter Evergrande
addressed to Guangdong provincial government, dated Aug. 24, to
pledge for support for its A-share backdoor listing plan.
** China's main Shanghai Composite index closed down
1.72% at 3,223.18 points, while the blue-chip CSI300 index
ended down 1.92%.
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was firmer by 0.04%, while Japan's Nikkei index
closed down 1.11%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.8244 per U.S. dollar at
08:13 GMT, 0.23% weaker than the previous close of 6.809.
(Reporting by Zhang Yan in Beijing, and Andrew Galbraith in