Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Apparent oxymoron

How does a regime promote loyalty and patriotism?

China bans its own national anthem
China’s national anthem can no longer be performed at weddings, funerals, balls or other non-political functions and should only be performed at certain dignified events, state media said on Friday.

The rule is to “standardise proper etiquette for the national anthem, which reflects national independence and liberation, a prosperous, strong country and the affluence of the people”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The March of the Volunteers may, however, be played at the start of important celebrations or public political gatherings, formal diplomatic occasions or significant international gatherings, it added, citing a Communist party statement.

The anthem can also be performed when Chinese athletes win medals and “at arenas where national dignity should be fought for and safeguarded”…

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