China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has been banned from parliament for a year after Beijing imposed sanctions on seven British lawmakers last year for speaking out about China’s treatment of the Uyghur minority in the far western region of Xinjiang.
House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle declined to comment Friday on a report in Politico that Chinese representatives blocked both houses of parliament from viewing the queen’s coffin.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said he had not seen the report, but said that as a guest at the Queen’s funeral, the UK “should follow appropriate diplomatic norms and ethics to receive guests”.
A Chinese delegation is expected to attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday.
Allowed British lawmakers wrote to officials this week to express their concerns about inviting the Chinese government to the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
- In London, long queues of people waiting to see the Queen’s casket at the 900-year-old Westminster Hall on Friday morning curved along the south bank of the River Thames for almost 8km.
- There can be a 14-hour wait to reach the flag-draped coffin in Westminster Hall.
- King Charles returns to London later on Friday and will briefly stand at his mother’s coffin in the evening with his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
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