These elections saw many young and novice candidates take on political heavyweights - in the name of Hong Kong's democracy movement - and emerge victorious.
"No matter what kind of things happen in Hong Kong, Hong Kong is a part of Chinese territory", he said.
He added: "Any attempts to destroy Hong Kong or harm Hong Kong's stability and development can not possibly succeed". "This is a democratic tsunami", said Tommy Cheung, a former student protest leader who won a seat in the Yuen Long district near the border with Mainland China.
Hong Kong residents turned out in huge numbers on Sunday to vote in district council elections seen as a test of support for chief executive Carrie Lam following six months of pro-democracy protests, and polling took place with no major disruptions.
Pro-democracy candidates won 80 percent of the contested district council seats.
Lo Kin-hei, a pro-democracy district councilor who was re-elected, said the vote was in effect a "vote of no-confidence" in the political establishment, including Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, and key Chinese officials such as Zhang Xiaoming, head of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.
The paper also said it was not a sign that voters supported the ongoing anti-government protests, despite the fact that the majority of pro-establishment councilors in the 18 district councils were booted out.
Campaigning was marred by acrimony, with one pro-democracy candidate having his ear bitten off in an attack, while 17 other candidates of all stripes were arrested over protest-related activities.
The counting of ballots in the Sixth-term District Council Ordinary Election of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has completed as of Monday noon. They say they are also responding to perceived police brutality.
In many cases, first-time candidates and protest veterans defeated longtime pro-Beijing legislators.
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In Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry said it "resolutely" supports Hong Kong's embattled leader, Carrie Lam.
Millions of Hongkongers stood in lines stretching for blocks throughout November 24 to cast their vote in the city's district council elections, which is widely seen as a test of support for the government amid a months-long pro-democracy movement that has racked the city.
"The current sentiment is not very helpful for the pro-Beijing camp, but the crux is that the majority of the pro-democracy candidates don't have a proven track record in serving people because of a lack of financial resources", Prof Wu added.
Beijing has said that the outcome of the municipal vote that saw opposition taking almost 90% of the seats won't change Hong Kong status, while warning against any attempts to disrupt the situation.
Of the total 452 seats up for grabs, the pro-establishment camp lost 241 seats, with a meager 58 remaining, while the opposition gained 263 to 388 seats.
"We won a small battle today but it shows that Hong Kong people have a chance to win the war.
Don't fail Hong Kong again", he said. "This is a landslide", said Willy Lam, a political expert at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Nearly three million people voted, marking a record turnout of more than 71 percent in the local body polls that were widely seen as a referendum on the government and its handling of the months-long protest movement in the city.
Political analyst Sing said public opinion polls showed that many citizens blamed the violence on the government and police handling of the conflict.
"One avenue is to seriously consider options, such as holding an inquiry into all aspects of the fallout from the unrest, triggered by a now-withdrawn extradition bill".