Martial arts legend and movie action hero Jackie Chan could soon be selling Australia in China as a favour to Kevin Rudd.
Chan dined with the PM at the weekend, together with the Chinese and US ambassadors.
“I’ve known Kevin for a few years,” Chan said yesterday. “Last night before he left, I said whenever he calls, I’ll be there.”
Over dinner, they discussed the environment, Chinese-Australian relations and “some secret I cannot say yet”, Chan said.
The hugely popular movie star would be invaluable in promoting Australia in the world’s most populous nation.
Chan is already a tourism ambassador for the Pacific region, including Australia.
He was in Australia for the funeral of his father, a former US embassy chef and a Canberra resident for more than 46 years.
Yesterday he attended the opening of the Jackie Chan Science Centre, which he helped establish, at the Australian National University.