The Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom has been told that he is not welcome to the British House of Commons as long as China does not end the sanctions against a number of Lower and Upper House members. Beijing imposed the penal ties on British parliamentarians for criticizing the human rights situation in China.
Ambassador Zheng Zeguang would be present today at a reception in the parliament building. Following protest of Housemembers of Commons against whom sanctions have been struck, House President Lindsay Hoyle decided that it is indeed not appropriate to receive him in view of the sanctions. House President John McFall shared that view.
The Chinese Embassy speaks of a “despicable and cowardly” decision, which is also detrimental to the relationship between the countries.
D66 – MP Sjoerdsma
Beijing imposed sanctions in March on seven British parliamentarians who had criticised, among other things, the Chinese association with the Uyghurs in the northwestern province of Xinjiang. Shortly before, the UK government had struck sanctions against Chinese officials, as well as the EU and the US, for the treatment of the Uyghurs.
It is not only British politicians who were placed on the sanction list by China during that period. The country also imposed penalties on academics, MEPs and D66 MP Sjoerd Sjoerdsma.