After Hong Kong, Britain and China have once again come face to face on the issue of Uighur Muslims. Britain has barred Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang from attending an event in the British Parliament.
London: After Hong Kong, Britain and China have once again come face to face on the issue of Uighur Muslims. Britain has barred Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang from attending an event in the British parliament.
This has been done in response to China’s move under which China banned 11 British citizens for raising human rights abuses cases against Uighur Muslims.
In March this year, China banned British politicians, lawmakers and academics for highlighting events in Xinjiang. The Speaker of the House of Lords and the House of Commons played a key role in preventing the Chinese ambassador from attending the event.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle and House of Lords Speaker John McFaul said it would not be “appropriate” for Zheng Zheguang to speak at an event in parliament while members were under Chinese sanctions.
“I regularly meet with ambassadors around the world to establish lasting relationships between countries and parliamentarians. But, I don’t think it is appropriate for the Chinese ambassador to meet at the Commons Estate and at our workplace , when their country has imposed sanctions against some of our members,” Hoyle said.
After which there has been a fierce reaction from China.
“The despicable and cowardly actions of individuals in the UK Parliament to disrupt normal exchanges and cooperation between China and the UK for personal political gains are detrimental to the interests of the peoples of both countries,” an embassy statement said.
China in March banned nine British politicians, lawyers and an academic for what it said was “lies and propaganda” over its treatment of mostly Muslim Uighurs.
first published:Sept. 15, 2021, 11:29 a.m.