Contributor Post Created with Sketch. UK: Faith, Character, Destiny, and Redemption: Jimmy Lai’s Continuing Fight For Hong Kong’s Freedom


This is our third conversation with Hong Kong entrepreneur and freedom fighter, Jimmy Lai in less than a year. During that time, Lai has been arrested twice, his family and his employees and colleagues have been harassed and in some cases forced to leave Hong Kong, and Lai himself has been incarcerated. Currently free on bond and facing a trial and an uncertain future, Mr. Lai gets philosophical in this conversation. He describes how his faith has given him strength and comfort and that he is willing to make whatever sacrifice required in order to maintain democracy in Hong Kong. We discuss the political situation in Hong Kong, the precarious position of Hong Kong Executive Carrie Lam, and how the United States and the world can apply pressure to the Chinese, and what’s at stake if Hong Kong becomes just another Chinese city.

Recorded on September 4th, 2020

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  1. Archibald Campbell Member
    Archibald CampbellJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Is Mr. Lai the speaker of the greatest soundbite of our time? Namely, the awesome “Donald Trump, don’t trust China! China is a**hole!”

    Guess not. Still, enjoy:

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    • September 8, 2020, at 10:02 AM PDT
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  2. Henry Racette Contributor

    [Cue dramatic movie trailer narration voice.]

    In an age without heroes, one man risks his life and fortune to defend a tiny island from an unbeatable foe….

    Fantastic guest, and terrific interview. Thank you.

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    • September 8, 2020, at 4:56 PM PDT
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  3. colleenb Member
    colleenbJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    God bless Mr. Lai indeed. I heard another segment on him (on NPR of all places!) and learned so much more about his background. He said in that interview, much as here, that he had chosen not to leave HK and if he just sat in prison and was a sore thumb in the eye of the CCP, he was happy to do that. I told my husband about that interview and Mr. Lai’s choice and words. I told my husband – “Is that the choice we will have to make in the future? Will I be brave enough to make it?” It puts to shame all this caterwauling on the streets of American cities. Shame on those protesters for not recognizing real freedom and the real threats against it. 

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    • September 10, 2020, at 8:00 AM PDT