Chinese Ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang has been expelled from the UK Parliament over sanctions imposed on some UK MPs for their remarks on alleged human rights violations against Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang, triggering a furious condemnation of the Chinese Embassy in London.
Zeguang was recently scheduled to attend a meeting hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on China, but a letter from sanctioned Members of Parliament and House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle prompted its cancellation.
The letter signaling the meeting was signed by Conservative Party MPs Ian Duncan Smith, Tim Loughton, Nusrat Ghani and House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat – among those on the sanctions list.
In their letter, the deputies argued, “The Chinese government has so far made no attempt to reverse the sanctions, which are a tool to criminalize individuals and limit their freedom internationally.
“Indeed, the Chinese government has taken steps to give legal force to the sanctions making us potentially vulnerable to prosecution by the Chinese authorities.”
It is understood that the ban on the Chinese ambassador is not permanent, but as long as the sanctions existed. The decision was approved by the Speaker of the House of Lords, John McFall.
“The presidents of both houses are in agreement that this particular meeting of the all-party caucus of China takes place elsewhere given the current sanctions against members, including two members of the Lords,” said Lords Speaker Lord McFall, in a statement.
Earlier this year, China imposed sanctions on British politicians and organizations in retaliation against British government sanctions against Chinese officials for alleged human rights violations against its Uyghur minorities in Xinjiang province.
Commenting on the decision to ban his envoy from the Parliament, a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy said: “The decision of the British Parliament reflects the narrow and parochial state of mind of some people in the UK. It is a short-sighted, reckless and cowardly decision. We despise and strongly condemn this “.
“China’s sanctions against a handful of anti-Chinese lawmakers in the UK, announced in March, were completely justified and reasonable. It was a necessary response to those people who spread slanderous rumors and disinformation about Chinese Xinjiang and to unilateral sanctions against the personnel concerned. and institutions in China by the British side under the pretext of problems related to Xinjiang, “added the spokesman.
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