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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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andy.deltor
The US government runs of legalized bribery: the lobbyist system. Charlie Trie, a Chinese as a matter of fact, said this about and during the Cinton admin: The US Gov is like the subway: you have to put the token in before you can enter. Even tho he said it about the Clinton admin, it has been true before and after. The bribees and bribers write the laws so you know how much chance we have to change anything: none, unless there is a revolution.
stan.shafer.9
I cannot speak obout China, but the US politicians are damned corrupt. Kwame Killpatrick is about average.
stan.shafer.9
I've never lived in China but I have lived in the US all my life, except for the few years I was overseas in the military. I KNOW that US politicians are damned corrupt.
bilford.rielly
Mr. Chan has been in just about every country to make movies. His comment on America is most acurate. He is commenting on people like the Lib Demo-Communists ( BO and all of his supporters) who claim the corruption of America on Republicans yet they are by far the worst of the corrupetrs. He goes on to say in so many words - clean up your own house before criticizing others about how dirty their house is. And until you do keep your mouth shut..........
sean.gjerde
He is right, America is far and away corrupt and basically ruined.
chingatch.croute
Notice he said "More corrupt than China", that implies there is plenty of corruption in China too!
Go read a few Matt Taibbi articles at Rolling Stone before you get all defensive of the USA.
wyat.kaldenberg
Read this article carefully...Jackie Chan is really just saying he is both a racial and national patriot and it's unpatriotic to attack his own race and nation in front of foreigners. Too bad more Westerners and more White people don't feel like this.
zuck.you.5
Jackie say the star treatment South Korean Psycho got from President Obama after he trashed America, perhaps Jackie thought this will be good for his career in the movies. Maybe Obama will invite him to the Oval office for fun and games.
mike.cumpston
"..and you know Jimmy Carter, is grateful this guy (obama)is in office, because he even makes his failed presidency look good."
Well, actually not. Nothing could make Jimmuh's Presidency look good but it could knock him out of the title of first or second most destructive US president of all time or at least of the 20th and 21 centuries.
Robert Allen
If it takes Jackie Chan to point out the Emperor no longer wears clothes, then so be it. The Obama administrations assault on our persons and on our liberties at our nations airports is just the most visible sign that our public servants now consider themselves our rulers. The license to kill via drones, the new drive to track the arms owned by our citizenry, the bailout of those who fall in line, the creation of a standing army that swears to defend the 'homeland' instead of the Constitution, the administrations lawsuits against voter ID requirements .. all of these actions lay the foundation for bigger corruption to come.

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