London: MPs sanctioned by Beijing have written to the newly put in British overseas secretary to demand that Chinese language authorities officers be banned from attending Monday’s state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.
The heads of state of Russia and Belarus haven’t been invited as a consequence of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, whereas Myanmar has additionally missed out following a army coup in 2021 that deposed the elected Nationwide League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
On Thursday, Putin met his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping in Uzbekistan to solidify a “no-limits partnership” that was introduced simply earlier than Russia’s February invasion, with Putin decrying the “ugly kind” of interventions taken by the West in response to his warfare.
China’s ambassador to the UK is already banned from visiting the Palace of Westminster after Beijing sanctioned a string of British parliamentarians, together with members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which was fashioned within the wake of the post-pandemic financial sanctions the nation imposed on Australia.
In a letter to Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, marked “Pressing,” 4 of the sanctioned MPs, together with Tim Loughton, former Tory chief Iain Duncan Smith and members of the Lords David Alton and Helena Kennedy, stated they have been “vastly involved” to listen to Chinese language representatives had been invited to Monday’s funeral.
“We’re vastly involved to listen to that the federal government of China has been invited to attend the state funeral subsequent week, regardless of different international locations, Russia, Belarus and Myanmar, being excluded,” the MPs and Lords wrote.
“Provided that the UK parliament has voted to recognise the genocide dedicated by the Chinese language authorities in opposition to the Uighur individuals, it’s extraordinary that the architects of that genocide must be handled in any extra beneficial manner than these international locations who’ve been banned.
“Now we have written to the overseas secretary in related phrases and we hope to have your assist in that.”