The British parliament has excluded the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Zheng Zezuang, from a meeting on the Asian country this Wednesday, pointing out that the decision will be taken due to Beijing’s sanctions against some parliamentarians.
House of Commons spokeswoman Lindsay Hoyle and House of Lords spokeswoman John McFall felt it was “inappropriate” for the ambassador to intervene in the meeting and informed him this Tuesday that they could not be there reports the BBC.
“I do not think it appropriate for the Chinese ambassador to meet in the House of Commons and at our workplace when his country has imposed sanctions on some of our members,” added Hoyle specifically, saying, “Yes, if the sanctions were lifted, It wouldn’t be a problem. “
Zheng’s presence was planned, although several of the sanctioned MPs voiced their concerns and criticism in a letter.
For its part, the Chinese Embassy in the UK described the decision as “despicable and cowardly” and warned that it would affect both countries, whose tensions are currently high.
Beijing imposed sanctions, travel bans and asset freezes on British MPs, accusing them of “lying” about the country for speaking out against China’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, an issue that London first sanctioned officials in the Asian country.