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Hong Kong ‘Will Be Done’ If China Deploys Troops, Jimmy Lai Says

  • Media tycoon says the city’s protesters are ready to die
  • Lai speaks to Bloomberg TV after home attacked by masked men
Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong in August.
Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong in August.Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

Hong Kong “will be done” if Beijing sends its forces into the city, and the ensuing international reaction would also spell the end for China’s government, local media tycoon and pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai said.

With the city’s protests showing no signs of slowing, Lai said that China would have little choice but to intervene using forces currently stockpiled in the adjacent mainland city of Shenzhen -- a move that would trigger an unprecedented international response that could bring down the Chinese government.