Germany were among the early movers at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, picking up two shots to move to nine under par but it is Australia who still lead the way.
With play reverting to foursomes at the Mission Hills Resort on Hainan Island, the pairing of Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka birdied their first two holes to join Ireland and Scotland two shots back of leaders Australia, although the trio were yet to begin their rounds.
Mexico collected birdies at the fourth and fifth to climb to eight under while Colombia were at the same score after Camilio and Manny Villegas birdied the first.
South Africa were making positive progress as Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel sank three birdies to live seven under par through eight holes.
Brazil also joined the group at seven under with Adilson da Silva and Lucas Lee picking up three shots in their opening eight holes.