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Jackie Chan appointed to Beijing's top advisory body

Hollywood action star's pro-Beijing stance in recent years may have gained him entry into the mainland's top political advisory body

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 February, 2013, 9:40am

Action star Jackie Chan, who stirred controversy with his comments on limiting people's right to protest, has been named a Hong Kong delegate to China's top political advisory body.

Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference standing committee member Chan Wing-kee, who has seen the proposed list of members who will serve for the next five-year term, said yesterday the Hollywood actor's name was on the list.

One of the incumbents, TV actress Liza Wang Ming-chun, was said to have kept her membership, while actor and director Stephen Chow Sing-chi was also recently appointed to the Guangdong chapter of the CPPCC.

Political observer Dr Chung Kim-wah, of Polytechnic University, described Chan's appointment - yet to be officially announced - as "another political vase" for decoration's sake.

"I don't expect there's anything revolutionary Chan can or will do for Hong Kong in the CPPCC, which is largely a talk shop," said Chung.

"But for him, it is very good because he can more strongly secure the China market."

Chan's latest movie, CZ12, released in December, reportedly broke China's box office records, earning more than US$130 million in just its first three weeks.

The film has a patriotic theme that sees Chan on a quest to steal 12 ancient Chinese zodiac statues taken by Western forces during the 1840s Opium Wars.

Chan, 58, has drawn criticism in recent years over his perceived pro-Beijing political stance.

"[Chan] knows that his future, and Hong Kong's future, is in China," said cultural critic Perry Lam Pui-li. "If his market were still in Hong Kong, he wouldn't have made those comments."

Chan came under fire in December after he told a newspaper that the city's authorities should stipulate what issues people could protest about.

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jenniepc
Response to Mr. chaz_hen Feb 1st 2013,
you should read my article carefully before you get your mental excitement and make a loud noise and please don’t use a F word and be professional manner. What my argument is even the United States have very sophisticated constitutional laws or legal systems. There are also some limit to the protest.
Is HK freedom getting eroded more and more every day?
People in Hong Kong now can vote in free and fair elections, they can protest and assembly under Chinese rule. Yet, ironically, Hong Kong today is more democratic than it was during the vast majority (perhaps the totality) of its time under British rule.
Now, Mr. Hen if Britain had had the option of ruling Hong Kong as long as it pleased, would you think that Hong Kong today be a full democracy? It is unlikely and Hong Kongese had never asked for the freedom and democracy under Britain ruled. it is just like a herd of fattened lambs, the people of Hong Kong meekly accepted whatever British rulers’ decisions.

Why did Great Britain never make Hong Kong a democracy? Why didn’t it do this in the 1960s or 1970s? Why did it continue appointing bland British bureaucrats, who had never lived there and knew nothing about the place, to run Hong Kong ?
JenniePCChiang/江佩珍 02/02/13 美國
HK-Lover
The delegates to the CPPCC shall represent all groups of HK people. I guess they also needed someone who represents the naive, low educated and simple minded group of people in HK and what better choice is there than Jackie Chan. Let's just hope Beijing realises that he represents just a tiny fraction of the HK population.
druwong123
He can choose to not make those comments, but he didn't. Maybe he didn't understand the harm his comments brought, or he was indifferent. Either way,they went a long way to negate all the good work he did e.g. for charity. A real shame.
the sun also rises
Yeah,this clown-like actor-****-producer is just a shameless,lusty old guy only.His appointment to the top advisory body in China is absolutely meaningless to Hong Kong and her people whom he repeatedly said that we should be controlled, what kinds of protests should not be allowed to stage and the most corrupted country in the world is not the PRC but the U.S. instead.His words are both annoying and naive to the extreme.Jackie China is just now a shame of Hong Kong only and no more !
toddmartini
I think its JC's right to support the mainland's ongoing evolution. hollywood figures regularly hold symbolic guidance in the US so why not JC. its all lightweight softball politics with the stars anyways so what's the fuss? let the big boys do the heavy lifting....T.
TheFundamentals
What's he going to do there ? Teach English ?
allandyer
Jackie, Love your films, but **please** keep out of politics!
johnrai7
He is a celebrity figure in Entertainment field and self promoting with some Charity and mindless talks. This should not be a qualification for him.As per his Real life personality, I think its not a good idea for Beijing to appoint him, China needs someone with Brain and Integrity that can make the contribution to the society, I hope he is not finalized he can be a liability to the Party and a matter of Joke!
brent.mosey
I predict this will not be a long term job and that Chan will say something utterly stupid and controversial. The more he`s in the spotlight, the more he talks. And when this man talks, the people listening usually get **** off.
jenniepc
The United States have very sophisticated constitutional laws or legal systems. I am going to apply Action star Jackie Chan’s comments on limiting people's right to protest with the First Amendment to US constitutions. The US constitutionality protected right to engage in peaceful protest in traditional public forums. However, US government can impose time, place and manner restrictions on speech, for example the US government may require permits for large protests or prohibit unreasonably loud demonstration that disturb other. these restrictions are generally permissible as long as they are reasonable and not based on contents.
Jacky Chan is not a politician and he does not have the legal background. Thus, his speech may not be sophisticatedly but it is not unreasonable if I apply the US constitutional laws.
JenniePCChiang/江佩珍 02/01/13 美國

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