China’s lawmakers deliberated a draft law on national anthem

Vastavam web:   China’s lawmakers today deliberated a draft law on the national anthem, stipulating that it should be played during major diplomatic and sports events. Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), joined the deliberation.Legislating for the national anthem will be conducive to enhancing citizens’ patriotism and upholding national dignity, said Huang Qifan, vice chairman of the NPC Financial and Economic Affairs Committee.The national anthem should be played or sung at the opening sessions and closing sessions of the NPC and local people’s congresses at all levels, and that of national committee and local committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, constitutional oath ceremonies, as well as flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, awards ceremonies, commemorations and national memorial day events held by governments at all levels.

The national anthem should be included in music textbooks for first-grade students at primary schools, according to the draft. Su Hui, another member of the committee, suggested that the song should be an important part of kindergarten education.According to the draft, those who maliciously modify the lyrics or play or sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way may face detention for up to 15 days.