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Jackie Chan tipped for Aussie tourism promotion

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Mar 10, 2008

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.

Jackie Chan tipped for Aussie tourism promotion

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