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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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Could it be he loves America and is trying to wake people up here and at the same time not shoot himself in the foot with the Chinese heads of state? He is obviously a very smart man to have achieved what he has with his life. Maybe he assumes we are smart enough to see what he is saying is true and not be so offended that we fail to see he is in a precarious position because of his international status.
Big Deal.....
Jackie Chan is entitled to his opinion (Shallow as it may be...), the SCMP is entitled to publish it.
The person(s) out of place are the Washington Post and their thin-skinned blogger who interpret this opinion as the emerging Gospel for Greater China. Does the educated World take notice of Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears' views on China's evolution as a Superpower!?
Dai Muff
Sadly, Jackie Chan knows exactly what xenophobic insecurity he is appealing to. And he knows it works. The most interesting thing is that his recent behaviour is a very clear indication that hew knows his career has hit a wall anywhere except the mainland.
I have seen some documentary by Jackie Chan on "My Hong Kong", please destroy it and never show again. Perhaps have him to make one on "MY CHINA". Jackie Chan said this in the interview ~ "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.
One doesn't go to a movie stuntman for deep insights into anything. He didn't make his fame and fortune by exercising his brain cells.
I always was under the impression Jackie Chan was a "real" Hong Kong person, meaning being born and raised in Hong Kong and having the Hong Kong spirit. Reading about his comments in recent weeks I had to come to the conclusion that I must have been mistaken. Or did he go to Beijing and had the privilege of first-hand National Education ?




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