Martial arts legend Jackie Chan has said he hopes Hong Kong “can return to peace soon” after finally breaking his silence on the protests that have rocked his home city.
The Drunken Master star said recent events in Hong Kong are “sad and depressing” in an interview with state-owned television network CGTN on Wednesday.
“When I saw on Weibo that CCTV had shown the ‘The Five-starred Red Flag has 1.4 Billion flag guards’, I came [here] immediately,” Chan said.
“On the other hand, I wanted to express the most basic principles of patriotism as a Hong Kong citizen and a Chinese. I am a national flag guard. Furthermore, I wanted to go to this event to represent everyone’s voice.”
In a recent interview with CCTV, #HongKong native and martial arts star Jackie Chan talked about what it meant to be Chinese and hoped that Hong Kong would be able to find peace pic.twitter.com/gJk8YuzBoq
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 14, 2019
The Hong Kong-born actor is adored around the world for his famous kung fu films like the Rush Hour series, but his Beijing loyalist views and dismissals of the democracy movement have not endeared him to protesters.
The 65-year-old is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The legislative advisory body in Beijing is largely made up of members of the Chinese Communist Party.
“I have visited many countries, and I can say, our country has been rapidly developing in recent years. I feel pride in being Chinese wherever I go, and the ‘Five-starred Red Flag’ is respected everywhere around the world,” Chan said.
“I also deeply feel that safety, stability, and peace are just like fresh air, you never know how precious it is until you lose it.
“Hong Kong and China are my birthplaces and my home. China is my country, I love my country, I love my home. I hope that Hong Kong can return to peace soon.”