Jackie Chan Becomes China CPPCC Committee Member, Phoenix Says

Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan has become a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Phoenix New Media said on its website yesterday, citing an unidentified person.

The 58-year-old action star will attend the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which serves as the top advisory body to the Chinese government, according to the Phoenix article. A call after business hours to the office of Peco Ng, Jackie Chan’s spokeswoman, wasn’t answered.

Chan, whose movies include “Rush Hour” and “Kung Fu Panda,” called the U.S. the world’s “most corrupt” country in an interview with Phoenix TV, the South China Morning Post reported on Jan. 12. China has been bullied by international powers for a long time and only began making progress in recent years, Chan was cited as saying.

Chan’s latest film, “CZ12,” was China’s fifth-highest grossing movie last year, with domestic box-office receipts of $96 million, according to data from the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television. The nation’s total box office gained 30 percent in 2012 to $2.74 billion.

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang said yesterday it would be inappropriate for him to join the new session of the National Committee of the CPPCC, as Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption conducts an investigation into some activities while he was in office.

China approached him about participating in the body and he rejected the offer, Tsang said in an e-mailed statement. China appointed Henry Tang, a former Hong Kong chief secretary, to the CPPCC, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday.

New delegates also include Hospital Authority Chairman Anthony Wu and Henderson Land Development Co. Vice Chairman Peter Lee, the Hong Kong-based newspaper said, citing the list. Pearl Oriental Oil Ltd. Vice Chairman Lew Mon-hung will lose his seat, the newspaper reported.

The CPPCC meets annually in parallel to lawmakers who are delegates to the National People’s Congress, which begins its annual session on March 5.

— With assistance by Michael Wei, and Sandi Liu

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