|Can one impose the national anthem on people who don't care much for it?|
Sorry I have to interrupt my Silk Road tour coverage with the breaking news that China has imposed a national anthem law on Hong Kong. It just smacks of the further mainlandization of the city.It is also partly Chinese President Xi Jinping flexing his muscles in the name of nationalism...
|Hong Kong football fans turn their backs while the Chinese anthem is played|
"In recent years, incidents of disrespect against the national anthem have occurred in Hong Kong, challenging the bottom line of the principle of one country, two systems and social morality, and triggering rage among Chinese, including most Hong Kong residents," said Zhang Rongshun, deputy director for the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee.
"It is urgent and important to apply the national anthem law in Hong Kong in a bid to prevent and handle such offenses."
Really? The majority of Hong Kong residents? Did he survey all 7 million people? It's just like using the "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people" argument.
Just in case you wanted to hear March of the Volunteers, here it is: