Here are links to selected news articles about Kai’s case. If you are a journalist interested in reporting on the case, please send an e-mail to

(2020-07-30, Safeguard Defenders) Accused of spying, another victim of China’s hostage diplomacy

In an exclusive interview, Safeguard Defenders, an international human rights NGO, highlights Kai’s case as an example of China’s hostage diplomacy, which is only set to get worse with the passage of the new Hong Kong national security law.

(2020-06-25, CNN) How this Long Island man ended up in a Chinese prison on espionage charges

(2020-05-29, Nikkei Asian Review) Hong Kong security law puts foreign residents and businesses in danger

US Senator Marco Rubio highlights Kai’s detention as an example of the danger the expansion of Chinese “national security” laws into Hong Kong poses to Americans.

(2020-01-15, Reuters) U.S. lawmakers urge Trump to press China on detainees

The bipartisan Congressional Executive Commission on China penned a letter to President Trump urging him to raise the cases of Kai Li and other Americans detained in China with China’s President Xi Jinping.

(2019-06-26, Washington Post) Son of American jailed in China on spy charges asks Trump to plead his father’s case at G-20 Summit

(2019-02-22, Newsday) Push to free Huntington man imprisoned in China on espionage conviction

Several New York lawmakers penned a letter urging President Trump to intervene “with the Chinese government to faciltate the release and return of Li Kai”

(2019-02-22, New York Times) Family of American Imprisoned on Spy Charge in China Appeals for Help

This New York Times article was the first authorized by anyone in Kai’s family. However, an article mysteriously appeared in April 2017, one day after the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, due to an “anonymous source” that warned of “severe punishment.” Evidently, this source was not well informed, as Kai has never lived or studied in California, contrary to what is reported in the article.