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.
CCP admirer: The martial arts icon revealed his desire to become an official member of the CCP after being asked to comment on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech at the party’s centennial celebration on July 1, reported Business Insider.
- “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.
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