China’s Ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang has been barred from the UK Parliament over sanctions imposed on some British MPs for his or her remarks on alleged human rights violations towards Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang, triggering an offended condemnation from the Chinese Embassy in London.
Zeguang was resulting from attend a gathering organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on China just lately, however a letter from the sanctioned members of Parliament and House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle resulted in its cancellation.
The letter flagging the assembly was signed by Conservative Party MPs Ian Duncan Smith, Tim Loughton, Nusrat Ghani and the Chair of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat – amongst these on the sanctions record.
In their letter, the MPs argued: “The Chinese authorities has thus far made no try to reverse the sanctions, that are a software to criminalise people and restrict their freedom internationally.
“Indeed, the Chinese authorities has taken steps to provide authorized drive to the sanctions rendering us probably weak to prosecution by the Chinese authorities.”
It is known that the ban on the Chinese ambassador will not be everlasting, however whereas the sanctions existed. The determination was endorsed by House of Lords Speaker John McFall.
“The Speakers of each homes are in settlement that this explicit All Party Parliamentary Group China assembly ought to happen elsewhere contemplating the present sanctions towards members together with two members of the Lords,” Lords Speaker Lord McFall mentioned in an announcement.
Earlier this 12 months, China had imposed sanctions on British politicians and organisations as a tit-for-tat retaliation over the UK authorities’s sanctions towards Chinese officers for alleged human rights violations towards its Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province.
Commenting on the transfer to ban its envoy from Parliament, a Chinese Embassy spokesperson mentioned: “The determination of the UK Parliament displays the slender and parochial mindset of some people within the UK. It is a shortsighted, reckless and cowardly transfer. We despise and strongly condemn this”.
“China’s sanctions on a handful of anti-China parliamentarians of the UK, introduced in March, had been fully justified and cheap. It was a essential response to those individuals who unfold slanderous rumours and disinformation about China’s Xinjiang and to the unilateral sanctions on related personnel and establishments in China by the UK facet on the pretext of Xinjiang-related points,” the spokesperson added.
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