The district council elections are seen as a barometer of public sentiment in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory, which has been riven by anti-government protests for more than five months.
Speaking at an worldwide conference, he said, "We will continue to firmly support the chief executive in leading the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government to govern in accordance with the law, firmly support the Hong Kong police in strictly enforcing the law, and firmly support the Hong Kong judicial bodies in severely punishing the violent criminals in accordance with the law".
The developments followed some of the worst violence seen during more than five months of anti-government demonstrations after a police operation against protesters at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Tuesday.
"We could get in big trouble", said a 24-year-old student demonstrator who identified himself by the surname Leung.
Cheng, who arrived in the United Kingdom to attend an event dedicated to promoting Hong Kong's role as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub, was targeted by an angry mob on Thursday, shouting "murderer" and "shameful" at her. Protesters who barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong's universities have tried to turn the campuses into armed camps, resorting to medieval weapons to stop police from entering the grounds.
Service remained partially suspended on at least three of Hong Kong's 12 rail lines because of damage to stations and other facilities, and numerous city's buses were not running.
Protesters are also demonstrating against police tactics cracking down on the rallies.
At the barricaded Polytechnic University, protesters have been practicing their skills with bows and arrows and petrol bombs in a half-empty swimming pool.
On Thursday, Xi Jinping broke his silence over Hong Kong's unprecedented pro-democracy protests threatening China's control over the former British colony, saying the most pressing task at present was to bring violence and chaos to an end and restore order.
"We are providing advice and support to each affected student to ensure all are in a position to return to the United Kingdom".
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"It has once again proved that their real intention is to destabilize Hong Kong, paralyze the SAR government and undermine "one country, two systems", a statement said.
In recent weeks, clashes between protesters and police have become increasingly violent.
The Chinese University Shenzhen campus received 600 applications over two days from students seeking free housing.
Protesters practice throwing molotov cocktails into an empty Olympic-size swimming pool at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14.
"I have had students cry talking about what is happening".
A 70-year-old street cleaner, who had been hit in the head by one of several bricks police said had been thrown by "masked rioters", died on Thursday. "I agree there's a need for better communication and coordination between CUHK protesters and non-CUHK protesters".
Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng attends a ceremony to mark the beginning of the legal year in Hong Kong, China on January 8, 2018.
Beijing denies interfering and has blamed the unrest on foreign influences.
On Monday, a police officer shot an activist in the torso with a live bullet, and a man was set on fire while arguing with anti-government protesters. He is in stable condition.