China stocks gain as Beijing flexes fiscal muscles; Hong Kong eases
* SSEC 0.4 pct, CSI300 0.3 pct, HSI -0.3 pct
* Beijing vows to step up proactive fiscal policy efforts
* China environmental stocks jump on policy support
SHANGHAI, Sept 7 (Reuters) - China's stock markets rose modestly on Wednesday, led by infrastructure and raw materials firms, after Beijing vowed to step up fiscal policy efforts to support the economy.
China's State Council, or cabinet, also said it would encourage policy banks to extend more credit and reaffirmed the government's commitment to reducing overcapacity, in a notice published late on Tuesday.
The CSI300 index rose 0.3 percent to 3,352.65 points by the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.4 percent to 3,101.74.
The infrastructure sector rose 0.9 percent while an index tracking raw material stocks gained 0.7 percent, as investors expect the government to approve more infrastructure projects, boosting demand for goods from cement to steel.
Environment-related stocks, including Zhejiang Weiming Environment Protection and Beijing Capital , also saw a robust rally as China's policymakers are determined to achieve sustainable development by combating pollution.
Hong Kong stocks dipped after four consecutive sessions of gains. Continuación...