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World Chinese ambassador to UK barred from Parliament

04:20  15 september  2021
04:20  15 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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The new Chinese ambassador to the UK has been barred from parliament by the Speakers in the Commons and Lords after the imposition of sanctions on British MPs by Beijing. It is understood that the Speaker sought the advice of the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, but the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said the decision was a matter for the Speaker, and not the government. Hoyle said he was not banning the Chinese ambassador permanently, but only while the sanctions existed.

The Chinese ambassador to Britain has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament because Beijing imposed sanctions on lawmakers who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang. China sanctioned five British lawmakers, including former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of parliament 's foreign affairs committee. The targeted individuals and their immediate family members are prohibited from entering Chinese territory and Chinese citizens and institutions are prohibited from doing business with them.

LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to Britain has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give on Wednesday.

FILE - This Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, shows Zheng Zeguang, then Chinese assistant minister of Foreign Affairs, at a news conference in Chicago at the close of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting. Chinese Ambassador to Britain Zheng has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.  (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - This Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, shows Zheng Zeguang, then Chinese assistant minister of Foreign Affairs, at a news conference in Chicago at the close of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting. Chinese Ambassador to Britain Zheng has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford, File)

Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said Tuesday it was not “appropriate” for the Chinese ambassador, Zheng Zeguang, to enter Parliament because China imposed sanctions against seven British parliamentarians over their criticism of Beijing’s human rights record.

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China 's ambassador to the UK has been told he cannot come to Parliament while sanctions remain in place against a number of MPs and peers. Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a Commons reception on Wednesday, hosted by the all-party group on China . But after protests, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord Speaker Lord McFall ruled this out. The Chinese embassy said it was a "despicable and cowardly" decision that would harm both countries' interests. The ban, which was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, comes at a time when tensions between the two governments are high.

The U . K . Houses of Parliament decided Tuesday to bar China 's ambassador to the country in retaliation over Beijing imposing sanctions on British MPs earlier this year. Zheng Zeguang — who assumed the role in July — had been due to attend a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on China , but the invitation was rescinded Tuesday by the House of Commons' Speaker Lindsay Hoyle. The Chinese embassy in London slammed the decision, describing it as "despicable and cowardly."

Zheng was due to attend a reception in the House of Commons organized by a cross-party parliamentary group on China.

John McFall, Hoyle’s counterpart in the upper chamber, the House of Lords, agreed that the scheduled meeting “should take place elsewhere, considering the current sanctions against members.”

China imposed sanctions on seven British politicians in March, including senior Conservative lawmakers Iain Duncan Smith and Tom Tugendhat, who have spoken out against China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority in the far-west Xinjiang region.

The move came shortly after Britain, the U.S., Canada and the European Union sanctioned Chinese officials over Xinjiang.

The sanctioned parliamentarians welcomed the ban, saying allowing Zheng in the Parliament building would have been “an insult.”

The Chinese Embassy in the U.K. condemned the move and said it will harm the interests of both countries.

“The despicable and cowardly action of certain individuals of the U.K. Parliament to obstruct normal exchanges and co-operation between China and the U.K. for personal political gains is against the wishes and harmful to the interests of the peoples of both countries," the embassy said in a statement.

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