Chinese Ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang was barred from entering parliament in response to Beijing’s Communist dictatorship which imposed sanctions on British politicians earlier this year.
House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Speaker of the House of Lords Lord McFall of Alcluith on Tuesday made the decision to ban the Chinese Communist Party diplomat after MPs condemned a planned meeting of the Group Chinese parliamentarian from all parties. Wednesday, which was to include Mr. Zheng.
Activists and lawmakers argued that the Chinese ambassador should not be allowed to enter parliament as long as lawmakers and peers remain punished by the murderous regime.
Confirming the decision, Sir Lindsay said The telegraph: “I regularly meet ambassadors from all over the world to forge lasting ties between countries and parliamentarians. But I don’t think it’s appropriate for the Chinese Ambassador to meet on the Commons domain and at our workplace when his country has imposed sanctions on some of our members.
“If those sanctions were lifted, then of course that wouldn’t be a problem. I’m not saying the meeting can’t take place. I’m just saying it can’t take place here as long as these sanctions remain in place. “
A spokesperson for the Lord Speaker added, “The Presidents of both chambers agree that this particular APPG China meeting takes place elsewhere.”
In response to the decision, the founder and chairman of the Hong Kong Watch campaign group, Benedict Rogers, told Breitbart London: “The decision of the Speakers of both Houses is courageous, admirable and absolutely just. They stood up to defend the integrity of Parliament.
“The Chinese Communist Party regime sanctioned five MPs and two members of the House of Lords earlier this year, so it would be scandalous to welcome its ambassador to the very Parliament it has sanctioned.
“I applaud the two Presidents and I hope this will serve to strengthen the backbone of the government in the defense of our values, interests and security.
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– Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 23, 2021
One of ten Britons to be sanctioned by the Chinese regime in March for – as the CCP claims – “spreading lies” about Xinjiang, former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith thanked the two presidents for their “swift” action to ban the Chinese diplomat. .
“This meeting should never have been proposed on the parliamentary domain in the first place: the mother of the parliaments which protects the freedom of expression and the freedoms of free peoples”, he declared.
“It is totally unacceptable that sanctioned MPs were supposed to tolerate the Chinese ambassador on parliamentary matters.”
Undeterred by the sanctions, the British parliament voted in April to declare genocide underway in China’s Xinjiang region, where up to 3 million ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, Kazaks and the Kyrgyz were reportedly interned in concentration camps, where they undergo torture, sterilization, forced abortions, among other atrocities against human rights.
The vote to declare genocide was unanimous with the exception of members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, using the excuse that only a court should be able to declare genocide. In addition to not supporting the declaration of genocide, Mr Johnson is said to have sought to deepen trade relations with the Communist regime.
Following China’s blatant violations of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong, Sir Iain told Breitbart London during a Hong Kong protest in London in June that he would continue to pressure the Johnson administration to that it take a stronger stance on the CCP.
“They can always do more and they know it because I tell them every day and I intend to be on their case every day,” said the former Tory leader.
“Freedom is easily lost when you don’t stand up for it. As Reagan said, “it takes a generation to get rid of freedom,” and we have to stick with it, ”he added.
The Chinese Embassy in London, for its part, condemned the decision to ban the ambassador, saying in a statement: “The despicable and cowardly action of some people in the British Parliament to hamper normal exchanges and cooperation between China and the gains is against the will and detrimental to the interests of the peoples of the two countries.
“I would like the G7 to revisit the idea that we can protest a little against the eradication of freedom and democracy by China but still rush to them to invest with them and take their money … move away from the idea of a greedy rush to China “https://t.co/xYOTe8HHhU
– Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 13, 2021
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