China warns: Hong Kong "criminals and radicals" will be punished "

The Chinese army will not fail to guarantee China's territorial integrity, said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Affairs Bureau.

China today dubbed "criminals and radicals" those responsible for violence in the Hong Kong protests, warning them that they "will be punished" and told that no one should underestimate "the immense power of the central government."

"Never underestimate the strong determination and the immense power of the central government" and "do not confuse restraint with weakness," said the spokesman of the Affairs Office of Hong Kong and Macau of the Board of the Chinese state, Yang Guang, at a press conference, a day after a general strike and demonstrations marked by more clashes with police in the former British colony.

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