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The Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, said on Tuesday that it was inappropriate for Chinese Ambassador Zheng Ziguang to come to Parliament because China had sanctioned seven British MPs for criticizing the human rights situation in China.

Zheng Ziwang is scheduled to attend a House of Commons meeting organized by the Parliamentary Group on British-China Relations.

The Lords Speaker, John Macphale, agreed that the planned meeting “must take place elsewhere given the current sanctions against [brytyjskich] Representatives.”

Earlier, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and the European Union imposed sanctions on Chinese officials over the situation in Xinjiang.

British MPs under Chinese sanctions welcomed the ambassador’s ban and said allowing Zheng Zeguang to enter Parliament House would be an insult.

The Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom condemned the decision and said it would harm the interests of both countries.

“This despicable and cowardly act by some people in the British Parliament … obstructed the normal communication and cooperation between China and Britain for personal political gain, contrary to the wishes of the citizens of the two countries and harmful to their interests,” the embassy said. in the current situation.

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