On our Culture Path tour in China, we heard other choirs and learned The China Song. Audiences knew this and sang along, and a children's choir joined us onstage to belt it out. Looking at the translated lyrics, I was chuffed to see what wasn't mentioned. No swords borne aloft, no crosses, no battles or bombs bursting in air, and no pleas for God to save the monarch on the throne. Just lot of stuff about being happy to be part of an enormous country, working together in spite of challenges. But then it's just a folk song, not a national anthem.