Ongoing protests in Hong Kong have prompted officials to recently warn that protesters shouldn't be playing with fire, nor should they assume that the Chinese government is weak, based on how they've responded to the protests thus far.
They aren't happy about the protests and how they've impacted stability in the region.
While many are peaceful, there are some that have undoubtedly engaged in violence, and some have also been charged with rioting. Protesters have been chanting to liberate Hong Kong and that now is the time for revolution.
Chinese officials also allegedly support the current leader Carrie Lam, even though many have called for her resignation.
Officials warn there is a small group of "violent criminals" behind the protests and that their punishment is coming, in due time.
And no, we shouldn't underestimate the lengths they are willing to go to to squash growing calls for justice, or protests that inconvenience the ruling authorities.
So far, protesters have called for an independent inquiry into allegations over police brutality, as well as the release of protesters who have been arrested.
One Chinese officials has allegedly admitted that this is the worst political unrest that they've seen in decades. Thousands of lawyers from Hong Kong have taken to the streets also, marching in solidarity with those protesting, voicing their discontent for what they say is the political prosecution of protesters.