The Straits Times
Published on Jan 12, 2013

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


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.