Jackie Chan chided for 'anti-US' views

HONG KONG - Chinese action star Jackie Chan's comment last month that America is the world's "most corrupt" country in a television interview in Hong Kong sparked criticisms from stateside, including rebuke from a Washington Post blogger.

Chan was telling Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV that China had been bullied by foreign powers for a long time and was making progress only in recent years when he veered into slamming the US, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday.

"If you talk about corruption, has the entire world, America, no corruption?" said the actor, emphasizing his point that China is not alone in being plagued by corruption problems.

He went on to say America is "the most corrupt (country) in the world", not China.

"Where does this great (financial) breakdown come from? It started exactly from the world, the US… If our own countrymen don't support our country, who will?" he said.

"Our country's leaders admit they are corrupt, etc. We are improving - I can see our country is constantly improving and learning," he added.

The interview to promote his new movie CZ12 was aired last month. His translated comments, however, got into US newspapers only last week.

The remarks drew a rebuke on Thursday from Mr Max Fisher, a foreign affairs blogger for The Washington Post, who called them "anti-American" rhetoric that was rooted in China's insecurity, Agence France- Presse reported.

Online reactions to the news in the Post suggested people in Hong Kong were divided over Chan's comments, with some supporting him and others saying they were put off.

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