Chinese shares open higher

Beijing, March 17: Chinese stocks opened higher on Thursday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.17 percent, at 2,875.41 points. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.49 percent higher at 9,515.63 points, Xinhua news agency reported. The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, rose 0.44 percent to open at 1,986.14 points.