China stocks fall more than 2 percent on economy woes; Hong Kong slips
* CSI300 -2.8 pct; SSEC -2.5 pct; HSI -0.3 pct
* Net assets of China stock funds down 44 pct in Aug
* Shares fall despite regulator's market-soothing remarks
SHANGHAI, Sept 15 (Reuters) - China shares extended this week's losses to more than 5 percent on Tuesday as investors worried about the slowing economy.
Stocks fell across the board for a second day even after China's securities regulator tried to soothe investors late on Monday by saying that an ongoing crackdown on illegal margin financing would not have significant impact on the market.
Hong Kong stocks also dipped, with investors nervous ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy decision later this week, though many now expect the U.S. central bank will hold off on raising interest rates for another few months.
The CSI300 index fell 2.8 percent to 3,189.95 points at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 2.5 percent to 3,036.15.
Trading was thin, with many investors on the sidelines amid concerns over the market's direction after a 40 percent crash over the summer prompted the government to launch a massive rescue package.
"With a slim chance of making a profit in this market, money is not following in," said Zhou Lin, analyst at Huatai Securities. Continuación...