A China Nine politicians and lawyers were barred from a British academy in March for spreading “lies and misinformation” about the behavior of Muslim Uyghurs in the western part of the country.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and House of Lords Speaker John McFall intervened to prevent Zheng Segwang from speaking at an event in Parliament.
“I regularly meet with ambassadors around the world to establish lasting ties between countries and members of parliament,” Hoyle said.
“But I do not think it is appropriate for our country to impose sanctions on certain members of the Chinese Ambassador (House of Commons) and our work environment.”
Wall facility in Xinjiang, China, Chinese government allegedly detained Uyghur Muslims for their religion – Photo: Ayesha Khan / AP via RNS
China responds: ‘Despicable and cowardly act’
A spokesman for the Chinese embassy criticized the move.
“The despicable and cowardly act of obstructing normal exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK for the personal political gains of certain individuals in the UK Parliament is detrimental to the interests of the people of both countries,” he said. Statement.
He is not banning the Chinese representative permanently, but only as long as the embargo is in effect.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Richard Graham, chairman of a parliamentary group in China, sent an invitation to Seguang over the summer. Graham did not respond to a request for comment, but the parliamentary group declined to comment.
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