Chinese diplomats have been banned from attending Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state by the UK’s parliament’s leading authority, allegedly in retaliation for Beijing’s sanctioning of British MPs.
A year-long ban was imposed by both the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the Chinese ambassador entering parliament in September last year, Persecondnews.com gathered.
It came after Beijing sanctioned seven British parliamentarians following allegations of “lies and disinformation” about Chinese treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province. The ban remains in place while sanctions remain.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, turned down a request from the Chinese delegation to be given access to view the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall, which is part of the parliamentary estate.
While Britain has recently taken a more assertive stance against China it has still extended an invitation to its government, and Vice President Wang Qishan is expected to attend the queen’s funeral in Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Invitations have not been sent to Russia and Belarus, or Myanmar, as Britain does not have diplomatic relations with them.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a former Conservative leader and an MP banned by Beijing, was among several parliamentarians who wrote to Sir Lindsay stating that they were “greatly concerned” that Chinese representatives had received a funeral invitation.
“Given that the United Kingdom Parliament has voted to recognise the genocide committed by the Chinese Government against the Uighur people it is extraordinary that the architects of that genocide should be treated in any more favourable way than those countries who have been barred.”