The Chinese ambassador to the UK has been banned from attending an event in the British parliament because China imposed sanctions on MPs who highlighted alleged human right abuses in Xinjiang.
China placed the sanctions on nine British politicians, lawyers and an academic in March for spreading what it said were “lies and disinformation” over the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the country’s far west.
Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons, and John McFall, the Speaker of the House of Lords, stepped in to prevent Zheng Zeguang from speaking at an event in parliament.
“I regularly hold meetings with ambassadors from across the world to establish enduring ties between countries and parliamentarians,” Mr Hoyle said.
“But I do not feel it’s appropriate for the ambassador for China to meet on the Commons estate and in our place of work when his country has imposed sanctions against some of our members.”