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Get back in your place slaves

“Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!” So reads the first line of China’s national anthem, written by Tian Han (pictured) in 1934, and set to music the following year. If Tian Han, who died in 1968 – imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution – could have received royalties for his work, he would have been a multi-millionaire.

Under a proposed new law the playing of the anthem at funerals, and other “improper” occasions, will soon be banned in China, and subject to 15 days in prison.

Acccording to Zhang Haiyang, deputy head of the legislature’s Law Committee: “The legislation governing the use of the national anthem is feasible, necessary and of great significance to foster and practice socialist core values and to promote the patriotism-centered spirit of the nation.”