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Hong Kong protests

From Brazil, Xi backs Hong Kong police and slams 'violent criminals'

Stronger tone comes as US panel recommends sanctions in case of armed intervention

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a session at the BRICS summit in Brasilia on Nov. 14.   © Reuters

BEIJING/WASHINGTON -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday denounced the unrest in Hong Kong as actions committed by "violent criminals" and pledged support for the city's police, striking a more strident tone on the protests on an international stage.

Hong Kong's most pressing task remains to bring violence and chaos to an end and restore order, Xi said while at the BRICS summit in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.

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