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Jackie Chan back in action, branding US more corrupt than China

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 8:31am

Action star Jackie Chan has once again sparked controversy by branding America the world's "most corrupt" country in a TV interview.

His comments were slammed by The Washington Post's foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher as "anti-American" and a reflection of China's insecurity about itself.

Chan told Phoenix TV that China has been bullied by international powers for a long time and only began making progress in recent years.

Chan added that while China has a corruption problem, so do other nations, including America.

"If you talk about corruption, the entire world - America - has no corruption?" said the actor.

He went on to say America is "the most corrupt [country] in the world" - not China. "Where does this great breakdown [of corruption] come from? It started exactly from the [rest of the] world, the United States … If our own countrymen don't support our country, who will?" he said.

The interview to promote his new movie CZ12 was aired in December and translated into English by website Ministry of Tofu, but only alighted on by the US newspaper this week.

During the show, Chan also claimed that Chinese people should only criticise China among their own people, and not to foreigners.

"We [can] talk about it when the door is closed. To outsiders, [we should say], 'our country is the best'," he advised.

The programme then began rolling credits before Chan could finish his speech.

Chan's remarks have angered parts of the online community, both at home and abroad.

In The Washington Post's blog post, entitled The Anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan, Fisher said many US citizens familiar with Chan's movies would be surprised by his views.

"To the degree that Chan's comments were anti-American, they likewise reflect a common Chinese view of the United States, one that is rooted not just in attitudes toward America but in China's proud, but sometimes insecure, view of itself," Fisher said.

Chan recently sparked controversy for suggesting protesters be restricted in Hong Kong, and claiming he used "guns and grenades" to see off triad members.


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Jackie is right that the US is the most corrupt country in the world! And that the reason for it's national debt! If the US didn't divvy up all that foreign aid to its puppet tyrannies overseas it would be in a better position. Giving aid to such regimes as the Marcoses to force them to buy American-made arms is venially wrong. But Zionist Jews like Max Fisher don't see that truth!
Labelling Jackie as Chinese is kind of racist/discriminatory. I myself am Second-Generation Chinese-Canadian of Taishanese background similar to Jackie. My mother was born and raised in Kowloon like Jackie. My parents experienced the racist discrimination of foreign during their youth. My mother spent her formative years under the Pre-WWII colonial system in HK that treated Chinese HKers as Third-Class citizens. They were treated worse than the Punjabi Sikhs in HK.
Max Fisher seems to think all Chinese people have Communist leanings. He should remember that Karl Marx was born a Jew.
Many overseas Chinese here in North America are from a Kuomintang background, not Communist.
Chan is damn right usa is corrupt, look at the last election of fraud in every state. Look at the laws passed while congress exempts themselves and we have to live in the **** they pass. Look at the white house, we have a complete lying fraud with fake records who has been indicted for the biggest theft in history of 43 trillion from the us treasury. Look at all the drone attacks of islamos... no torture just blow them up says obum the kenyan fraud. Look at how the military treats soldiers who come home with ptsd, oh you're fine just take this crappy drug. Damn right we are corrupt. Look at the banksters steal our wealth and all the government agencies do nothing while they all know what is going on. We should adopt china's policy of killing criminals and harvesting their organs rather than paying for them to sit in jail and join gangs, work out etc. China maybe worse on many things but we are not innocent I agree with chan on that for sure.
Sticks Evans
What a mook. A guy who hangs with hookers and triads in Happy Valley over the years calling others corrupt?
First of all, Chan can NEVER criticize China because if he did his family would be sent to "re-education" camps, prison, or just killed.
Americans here agreeing with this coward are only showing their profound ignorance. Pathetic.
10's of millions of it's own people murdered by the government's hand. Millions of citizens in forced labor camps at NO PAY, in other words SLAVERY. Millions more unborn GIRLS (boys are preferred) murdered in the womb under China's forced abortion policies. The oppression of Tibet.
The evil of China extends deep into the soul of that nation yet Chan neglects all of it to bash the U.S.. Most ridiculous yet, there is no shortage of ignorant Americans here that agree with him.
Whiny ingrates...
I am a fan of yours Jackie! I think we should criticise our Government when necessary and praise when they are doing a good job. Only in that way can we make progress!
As for curruption, no country is currupt-free! Some countries are more corrupt than others. I think China has a lot to learn from Hong Kong!
I hate to say it, but I see his point. I am a lifelong American, and what I have learned in my 50 years tells me that corruption is seldom labeled that way by the mainstream domestic press, but if you cut through the corporate media filter, and see for yourself how influence is peddled in this country, you can see Mr. Chan's point.
The problem of corruption among our government is likely to be un-reported because the media is owned and operated by the richest beneficiaries of corruption, and they want to make sure they don't bite the hand that feeds them.
I know there are some good people here in the United States, and I believe there are honorable people in China too, who have identical fears about their own government's corruption.
Mike Anderson
Fu** Chan and fu** the garbage dump known as mainland China. Sewer oil, people and children literally dying on the street because no one will help, people constantly spitting big nasty goobers right in front of you, sneezing and coughing without covering their mouths, eating with their mouths full of food, talking with food in their mouths, cutting in front of of you line... the list of disgusting rude behavior is endless in this land of nongming and wu mao club members.
He is a superb athlete and martial artist. Alas he opened his mouth and revealed another side of him. Never heard of the expression "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt".
Talking his way into irrelevance.




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