The Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming gave a stark warning to the protesters in Hong Kong during a press conference at the Chinese Embassy in London on Thursday.
"Should the situation in Hong Kong deteriorate further into unrest... the central government would not sit on its hands and watch," warned the Chinese envoy adding that China had "enough solutions and enough power... to quell any unrest swiftly."
"The movement has gone way beyond the free assembly and peaceful protests," said Liu Xiaoming adding that the protests were showing "signs of terrorism."
Liu Xiaoming also restated that Hong Kong was part of China and that foreign powers should respect its sovereignty and not interfere in the internal affairs of the region or they will "lift the stone only to drop it on their own feet."
The Chinese ambassador went on to lament what he views as the bias in reporting on the protests and used Ruptly footage of activists breaking into the Hong Kong legislative council building as an example of a scene "absent from Western media."
When asked about a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump regarding a possible meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the protests, Liu Xiaoming said that the tweet was not a formal invitation and no meeting is planned.
Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March and have frequently turned violent. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials. They also want Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam to resign and the conduct of Hong Kong's police during the protests to be investigated.