UK bans Chinese envoy from House; Beijing slams ‘cowardly' move
China's Ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang has been barred from the UK Parliament over sanctions imposed on some British MPS for their remarks on alleged human rights violations against Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang, triggering an angry condemnation from the Chinese Embassy here.
Zeguang was due to attend a meeting organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on China recently, but a letter from the sanctioned members of Parliament and House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle resulted in its cancellation. The letter flagging the meeting was signed by Conservative Party MPS Ian Duncan Smith, Tim Loughton, Nusrat Ghani and the Chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat – among those on the sanctions list.
Commenting on the move to ban its envoy from Parliament, a Chinese Embassy spokesperson said: “The decision of the UK Parliament reflects the narrow and parochial mindset of some individuals in the UK. It is a shortsighted, reckless and cowardly move.”