China’s Hong Kong affairs office has condemned what it called “near-terrorist acts” at Hong Kong’s airport and reiterated support for local authorities to severely punish those responsible amid an escalating crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, also strongly condemned attacks against a reporter from China’s Global Times newspaper and a traveler at the airport by what it said were violent protesters.

Hong Kong’s airport resumed operations on Wednesday but rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police.

Earlier this month, Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said that Singapore benefits from stability across the region, including the Chinese territory there was no profit in having instability in Hong Kong.

In a recent interview on the ongoing protests over a controversial extradition Bill, Mr Shanmugam said: “There is some superficial talk ‘Oh you know, Singapore benefits’. I don’t believe that. We benefit from stability across the region, including Hong Kong.”

“If China does well, Hong Kong does well, the region does well, we do well. There’s no profit in seeing instability. And if Hong Kong is at odds with China, it’s a problem for everyone, including us,” the minister said.