You guys have obviously never been to China. Their culture is very different, and there are a few points to consider:
1. Many Chinese still get no more than about 9 years of schooling.
2. As for the more educated Chinese, in spite of communism, there is a strong sense of elitism. You don't feel it among the older generation as much, where friends of varying levels of education, from nearly illiterate to highly educated, from rich to poor, will mix and mingle no problem (and where wealth and education don't even necessarily go hand in hand). But among many of the younger generation, exceptions aside, a strong sense of classism exists. To take but a few examples:
An older friend of mine, a professor at one university, was debating with a university student from a famous university one day. He was criticising the number of English words in the local paper preventing the locals from understanding the articles. The student simply replied that she could understand them, so no problem!
The professor was quite surprised at this response, so reminded her that he wasn't talking about a thesis paper but the local common newspaper intended to inform the general population of current events.
She responded that the average population doesn't need to understand these articles, that current events are for the educated to deal with.
The professor blew up at this comment. He was dumbfounded and angry, and pointed out of his room down the hallway to a construction worker on his break, his construction hat still on, and reading the very paper he was talking about. He added that he often spoke to these guys and that they often felt frustrated by all the English words in there. He then added that in Japan, they have a law that newspaper articles may not use words that are not generally understood by the 60+ age group, and that everyone ought to have access to current events, and not just the English-knowing class.
The student agreed with him only because she could see he was angry and didn't want to continue the conversation. But it was clear that she saw absolutely no problem whatsoever with the idea that the monolingual class coldn't fully access the local newspaper.
This was an extreme example, but I have met less extreme similar examples common among many university students in China, whereby they figure English is the key o the world, and less educated Chinese don't need to know about it. Essentially, it becomes a gateway language, and does influence their world view in a very negative way, promoting ever more classism.
Now I gave an example concerning their attitudes towards access to information above, but this kind of attitude permeates other aspects of their society as well.
As for Jackie Chan supporting more controls, he might have some legitimate aguments there. Corruption is rampant in China. If he's referring to controls to protect the less educated from exploitation, I could fully agree with him, such as the example of the law in Japan restricting vocabulary in thei newspapers, similar to Quebec's Bill 101 also aimed at ensuring general access to information and economic resources among the general population.
I don't know his motives or what he was referring to precisely, but he might have a legitimate argument depending on what kinds of controls he's referring to precisely.