Published May 09, 2017While it's common practice to remove one's hat and, at the bare minimum, stop talking during the singing of a national anthem, China is looking to take their regulations a step further with their official ballad. Specifically, the government is reportedly preparing regulations to control the speed in which it's sung.
According to Sky News, a law is being prepared that will control the tempo that audiences are allowed to sing their anthem "March of the Volunteers."
The Xinhua news agency has reported that the song is "not universally respected and cherished" following reports that audiences have recently laughed and raised a "ruckus" while the song was played.
"Due to a lack of legal constraints, the national anthem is casually used and sung in an unsolemn manner," the news agency continued. The song was already banned from any form of "private entertainment" in 2014, meaning it can only be performed at major sporting events and diplomatic occasions.
If the government were to successfully pass this new law, it would be fascinating to see how they would monitor the tempo with which the song is performed.
The bill is expected to be reviewed next month.