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Movie star Jackie Chan , Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and Yao Ming, a former NBA star with the Houston Rockets, have been listed among China’s national political advisors.
Hong Kong born movie star Jackie Chan at one time headed the Forbes list of top Chinese celebrities. He became the first entertainer to perform in the Beijing Olympic Stadium since Olympics finished in 2008.
Jackie Chan’s appointment comes as no surprise to the billions of fans of the action superstar who has received the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Chan, an American idol, for youngsters in the West, had earlier called for the Hong Kong authorities to draw legislation “to decide what one can demonstrate about, and what one cannot.” In December 2012, he told Phoenix TV that “The US is the biggest corrupt country in the world.”
The Standing Committee of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, China’s top political advisory body, adopted a member list for the 12th CPPCC National Committee on Friday.
The proposal list included people from all walks of life in China, including officials, military officers, members of non-Communist parties, as well as representatives from economic, political, cultural, social and environmental fields, according to Ling Jihua, head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee.
Representatives from religious circles and ethnic minority groups are also included in the final list, Ling said.
Of the 2,237 members on the final list, 893 are CPC members.
People from ethnic minority groups hold 258 seats, and 399 female members have made the list.
Members of the 12th CPPCC National Committee will attend the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress, the national legislature, to hear and discuss the government work report, among other reports. The event will open on March 5.
With inputs from Agencies