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Na­tional an­them law: China’s rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party has in­tro­duced a new law mak­ing it il­le­gal to “dis­re­spect” the na­tional an­them. March of the Vol­un­teers has been China’s an­them since the 1949 rev­o­lu­tion, and school­child­ren are obliged to sing it ev­ery day. Any­one found guilty of dis­re­spect­ing the an­them – by, say, chang­ing its lyrics, or play­ing it at in­ap­pro­pri­ate oc­ca­sions, such as fu­ner­als or in a TV ad­ver­tise­ment – faces up to two weeks in jail.

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