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Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world

Published on Jan 12, 2013 2:15 PM
 
This file photo taken on Jan 19, 2011 shows Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan arriving for a State Dinner in honour of then Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington DC. The action hero has once again provoked criticism, this time from a US blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the "most corrupt" country in the world. -- PHOTO: AFP 

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the United States is the "most corrupt" country in the world.

"When you talk about corruption - the whole world, is there corruption in the United States? The most corrupt in the world!" the Rush Hour star told Phoenix TV last month.

Chan reaffirmed his view after the show's host questioned him: "Of course! Where did the great breakdown come from? The world, the United States started it," he said, referring to the financial crisis and gesticulating as he spoke.

His comments were rebuked on Thursday by Mr Max Fisher, a foreign affairs blogger for the Washington Post, who called them "anti-American" rhetoric that was rooted in China's insecurity.

 
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