Hollywood actor, Hong Kong native Jackie Chan, made controversial statements praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) even though the regime ended the island’s freedom through the national security law last year. It has one of the worst records for human rights violations.
According to Breitbart, Chan, who is vice chairman of the China Film Association, made the remarks in the context of a kind of ‘reflection’ by the film world on Xi Jinping’s speech on July 1 for the anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist regime.
“I can see the greatness of the CPC, and it will deliver what it says, and what it promises in less than 100 years, but only a few decades,” Chan said. “I want to become a CPC member.”
An historic lie
Chan praised the CPC for its ‘courage’ in fighting the Japanese during World War II and during the Japanese occupation.
Chan said he was “impressed by the resilience and spirits of the Eighth Route Army, the military force that, under the leadership of the CPC, fought the Japanese invaders during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-45),” and he was “touched by the bravery of the soldiers.”
However, according to the book recording the history of the CCP, Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, the regime never fought the Japanese invader but fled to Mongolia near Soviet Russia because the Kuomintang had defeated it.
In its flight, which the CCP called the Long March (1933-1934), it convinced the Chinese that they would fight the Japanese invaders, but in reality, they were fleeing since there were no Japanese on their way through Shanxi and Suiyuan provinces.
When the Kuomintang weakened by the war against the Japanese invaders managed to drive them out, the CCP armed itself to finish overthrowing it and seize power in China.
The CCP changed history and used this lie as a propaganda tool to awaken the nationalist sentiment on Chinese to garner their support.
It is not the first time that the actor, completely blind to the abuses of the CCP, decides to praise the regime publicly.
In a 2011 interview the actor attacked his own countrymen, implying that the Chinese are disorderly and need a dictatorial government to keep them civilized.
“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not. I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic,” Chan, 55, told the Boao Forum for Asia.
“I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want,” Chan added.
With the new national security law, Hong Kong became fully controlled by the CCP.
The historic anti-communist newspaper Apple Daily had to close its offices on the island due to pressure from the Chinese regime. However, it will continue to operate from Taiwan, according to Forbes.
Journalists and ordinary citizens who mildly criticize the CCP on social media can be arrested, imprisoned without any judicial procedure. Even those who wish to run as legislators will have to be approved by the Chinese Communist Party.