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Zhang Ziyi Puzzled By Olympic Protests: "I Don't See Why People Are So Negative"

July 29, 2008 07:38 AM EST | AP

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In this Nov. 29, 2005 file photo, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi smiles as she arrives for the world premiere of her movie "Sayuri" in Tokyo. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Zhang Ziyi is puzzled by the protests against China's human rights record before the Beijing Olympics, a magazine reports. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, FILE)

HONG KONG — "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star Zhang Ziyi has told Vogue magazine that she is puzzled by the protests against China's human rights record before the Beijing Olympics.

Activists have criticized China's rule in Tibet and its alleged failure to do more to help stop mass killings in the Sudanese region of Darfur. Protests marred several international legs of the Olympic torch relay.

The actress served as a torch bearer for the Chinese leg of the relay.

"I don't see why people are so negative. The games are about friendship," Zhang was quoted as saying in the current issue of Vogue. "I'm Chinese and I'm proud of my country."

Zhang's manager didn't immediately respond to an e-mail from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Zhang's film credits also include "Rush Hour 2," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Memoirs of a Geisha."

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