China approves National Flag Law and National Emblem Law amendment

Saturday, October 17, 2020

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the amendments of National Flag and National Emblem Law, which will come into effect on January 1.

According to the new law, those who intentionally insult the national flag or national emblem by burning, mutilating, painting, defacing, or trampling in public places will be investigated for criminal responsibility.

Acts that impair the dignity of the national flag and the national emblem will be prohibited. The law states that the national flag must not be discarded, hung upside down, stuck upside down, displayed, or used in any other manner that undermines the dignity of the national flag.

The revised law will be applicable to offices set up in Hong Kong and Macau by the Central Government.