Public officials to sing national anthem, swear to serve 'great' China

China | 23 Feb 2018 2:30 pm

China plans to revise the oath of allegiance to the Constitution taken by people public officers to include the adjectives, "great" and "modern" before "a socialist country."

Public officials will also be required to sing the national athem.

The draft revision was submitted to a session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature, for review today, Xinhua reports.

China introduced oath-taking for officials in January 2016, based on a legislative decision passed in 2015.

While most parts of the oath remain unchanged, it has been suggested that the last phrase be changed into "to work for a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful," according to the draft.

Zhang Yong, vice chair of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee, said the change was made to align the oath with the country's development goal envisioned by the Communist Party at its 19th National Congress last October.

Briefing the lawmakers, Zhang said members of supervisory commissions at all local levels and those of a upcoming national supervisory commission should also be required to take the oath when they assume office.

All oath takers should be required to sing the national anthem, he said.

Senior NPC deputies have said pledging allegiance to the Constitution is important to the advancement of the rule of law and to raising the public's awareness of the Constitution.

The Constitution was adopted on December 4, 1982. It is expected to be amended for the fifth time in March when the 13th NPC convenes its first session.

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