Action superstar Jackie Chan has publicly expressed his interest in joining the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a symposium for Chinese film in Beijing last week.
- “When I’m abroad, I often say I’m proud to be Chinese, but I’m envious of those who are Chinese Communist Party members — I want to be a party member, too,” Insider quoted Chan.
- Speaking in Mandarin, Chan added that he saw CCP’s “greatness” in the way the party “delivers what it promises.”
- On June 28, Chan attended the party’s 100th-anniversary celebrations at the National Stadium in Beijing, where he sang a rendition of the patriotic song, “Defending the Yellow River.”
- He also previously spoke about the Hong Kong protests in a 2019 interview with Chinese state-owned network CGTN, calling the protests “sad and depressing” while expressing hope that Hong Kong “can return to peace soon,” reported South China Morning Post.
Unqualified: Some Chinese users of the social media site Weibo claimed Chan’s alleged “moral failings” would not qualify him to become a card-carrying member of the CCP.
- Those who questioned Chan’s “moral character” reportedly cited his infidelity and his son’s drug offenses.
- “He might love the country and be hardworking, but he has character problems,” one user wrote. “It’s better if he doesn’t join the party.”
- “I have no doubt over his patriotism and professionalism, but his lifestyle … our party members need to set a positive example,” another said.
- “He’s probably not serious, he’s just acting on different occasions,” wrote a user.
While Chan is not a current CCP member, he is a delegate in a government advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. According to China Daily
, applicants must reportedly undergo a vetting procedure that reviews a person’s ideology, character and history to become an official member of the Communist Party.