* SSEC -0.38%, CSI300 -0.88%, HSI -1.63%
* Consumer firms weigh, losses led by distillers
* Trump administration stepping up efforts to 'purge'
SHANGHAI, Aug 6 (Reuters) - China shares fell on Thursday,
dragged down by consumer and healthcare firms, due to profit
booking after four days of gains and as tensions between
Washington and Beijing escalated further over a U.S. move to
purge "untrusted" Chinese apps.
** At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was
down 0.38% at 3,364.79, after rising 2.6% over the previous four
sessions. The blue-chip CSI300 index was down 0.88%.
** A sub-index tracking health care firms fell
2.49%. Consumer staples firms dropped 1.81% as
large liquor makers, which have posted strong gains since March,
** Kweichow Moutai Co Ltd fell 1.68%, Wuliangye
Yibin Co Ltd dropped 2.68% and Shanxi Xinghuacun Fen
Wine Factory Co Ltd fell 4.26%.
** U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on
Wednesday it was stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted"
Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks and called the
Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat
** In Hong Kong, Hang Seng Index heavyweight Tencent Holdings
, WeChat's developer dropped 2.67%, weighing on the
** Chinese H-shares listed in Hong Kong fell 1.38% to
10,115.26, while the Hang Seng Index was down 1.63% at
** The smaller Shenzhen index was down 0.92%, the
start-up board ChiNext Composite index was weaker by 1.7%
and Shanghai's tech-focused STAR50 index was down
** Around the region, MSCI's Asia ex-Japan stock index
was weaker by 0.03% while Japan's Nikkei index
was down 0.49%.
** The yuan was quoted at 6.942 per U.S. dollar, 0.1%
weaker than the previous close of 6.935.
** So far this year, the Shanghai stock index is up 10.74%,
while China's H-share index is down 8.2%. Shanghai stocks have
risen 2.04% this month.
(Reporting by Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Rashmi Aich)