Chinese shares open higher

Beijing: Chinese stocks opened higher on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.29 percent, at 3,009.37 points. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.47 percent higher at 10,494.52 points, Xinhua news agency reported.  The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, gained 0.34 percent to open at 2,256.43 points.