At the same time, Chinese state media published images of troops and armored personnel carriers in Shenzen, the region separated from Hong Kong by the Sham Chun river. "We don't want another Tiananmen Square".
One of the pro-Hong Kong protest organisers Sherene Nee said the group wanted to show solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.
It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China.
Thousands of Hong Kongers including many teachers took part in more anti-government rallies on Saturday, braving thunderstorms to march past shops shuttered due to growing concern that police could adopt tougher tactics to drive activists from the streets.
The demonstrations edged toward confrontation late in the afternoon, with protesters hurling eggs at a pro-Beijing trade union office and then surrounding Mong Kok police station.
For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland.
If Xi sat down with the protesters, Trump said, "I'll bet he'd work it out in 15 minutes".
Chengcheng Zhoa, 33, from Baulkham Hills said she came to the protest wither husband and three-year-old daughter and husband to support her home country of China. The peaceful turnout suggested it may, though the protests turned more confrontational by nightfall.
He also protested against "foreign interference" in the Hong Kong protests and urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to handle the issue with "great caution".
China's propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state media churning out a deluge of damning articles, pictures and videos.
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"This coming Sunday should be another million-strong march".
At the pro-government rally, speakers on a stage said they love both Hong Kong and China and asked the protesters why they are afraid of China.
But the likelihood of renewed clashes over the weekend remains high.
The march was among three demonstrations planned on Saturday that have been approved by police. About 1,000 protesters gathered peacefully at a downtown park on Friday for the "Stand with HongKong, Power to the People" rally, which had received police permission.
Previous bans in the last few weeks have simply been ignored by demonstrators, leading to running battles with riot police.
During the past week they have increasingly directed their frustrations toward police, who have responded with fiercer determination to clear them from the streets.
He denounced the Hong Kong protesters' actions as "radical, violent and illegal" and said they were determined to undermine its "one country, two systems" arrangement.
The current protests are the biggest threat to Beijing's authority since the handover and as violence has escalated, party leaders have only hardened their tone.
"The two leaders. discussed relations with China, including the continued arbitrary detention of two Canadians and ongoing developments in Hong Kong", the statement said.