According to The Hill, the Hong Kong Free Press reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping had a stern warning over the weekend for anyone attempting to split a region from China: “Anyone who attempts to split any region from China will perish, with their bodies smashed and bones ground to powder.”

“Xi did not name any specific territories or countries in his comments, but they came at a time when Hong Kong protests against mainland China rule have become more violent,” The Hill reports.

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