Li was a Chinese man searching for a jade key in San Francisco. Li was responsible for the murder of his nephew in possession of the key, who perished in one of the city's open restaurants after collapsing over the table of Indiana Jones.
Li and his four associates confronted Jones when he recovered the object and threatened his life to return it. Jones seemed to concede and hurl it over Li's head before escaping. Li and his men scrambled find the key on the floor but only found Jones' soup spoon. Realizing what had happened, they gave chase to the archaeologist.