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 China's Ant Group will try to raise nearly USD 35 billion in its initial public offering in Shanghai and Hong Kong, which would make it the largest share offering in history.

Lam's announcement comes just two days before her policy address was scheduled to take place, and amid reports that Chinese President Xi Jinping would be travelling to the Chinese southern coastal city of Shenzhen to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the special economic zone.

They were arrested on the charge of assisting offenders and believed to have also arranged for the boat and furnished transport and accommodation, Ho Zan Dung of the Organized Crime Division told reporters.

The US on Tuesday issued a sweeping new advisory warning against travel to mainland China and Hong Kong, citing the risk of arbitrary detention" and arbitrary enforcement of local laws."

The UN human rights chief appealed Monday for urgent and profound action to combat systemic racism in the United States, and encouraged Hong Kong authorities to monitor closely the enforcement of a national security law in China derided by many activists.

Seven human rights experts affiliated with the UN raised concerns over Hong Kong's national security law in a letter addressed to Chinese authorities, saying that the law infringed on certain fundamental rights.

China's foreign minister defended detention camps in Xinjiang and Hong Kong's new security law on Sunday, brushing off human rights concerns by European countries and cautioning against interference in Chinese affairs.

Shares were mixed in early European trading on Tuesday after a strong day of gains in Asia, while US futures edged lower. Benchmarks slipped in London and Frankfurt on Tuesday but rose in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.