China accuses UK of not showing 'proper manners to guests' over Queen's death – The Telegraph

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, imposed a ban on Beijing representatives entering Westminster Hall, it has been claimed
China has suggested the UK is guilty of failing to show “proper manners to guests” after it emerged a Chinese government delegation will not be allowed to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state in Parliament.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, has imposed a ban on Beijing representatives entering Westminster Hall to pay their respects.  
He is understood to have refused a request for access amid a long-running dispute between Parliament and the Chinese government over the sanctioning of MPs.
A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said they had not yet seen reports about the ban but argued as hosts the UK “should uphold diplomatic protocols”.
The spokeswoman said: “What I want to say is the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is an important event for the United Kingdom.
“Foreign delegations participating in the event upon invitation from the United Kingdom is a sign of respect to the Queen and the importance accorded to (relations with) the United Kingdom.
"As the host, the United Kingdom should uphold diplomatic protocols and proper manners to guests."
Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has been invited to the Queen’s state funeral on Monday but he is not expected to attend and it is thought the vice president, Wang Qishan, could be sent in his place.
However, while China will be represented in some capacity at the funeral at Westminster Abbey, Beijing officials will not be able to attend the lying in state despite it taking place just a stone’s throw away.
Westminster Hall forms part of the parliamentary estate and as such is under the control of the Commons Speaker and the Lord Speaker.
A spokesman for the House of Commons said he would not comment on security matters. A spokeswoman for Sir Lindsay declined to comment.
Number 10 also declined to comment, with a Downing Street spokeswoman saying: “Admission to Parliament is a matter for Parliament.”
The ban was first reported by Politico and the BBC.
The decision to refuse entry to the Chinese delegation is likely to further inflame tensions between the UK Parliament and Beijing.
China sanctioned nine individuals and four organisations in the UK in March last year in retaliation after Britain imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former leader of the Conservative Party, as well as Tory MPs Tom Tugendhat, Neil O’Brien, Tim Loughton and Nusrat Ghani were among those sanctioned as they and their families were banned from entering Chinese territory.
In September last year the Chinese ambassador to the UK was banned from Parliament after an invitation for him to visit the Commons sparked outrage among the sanctioned MPs.
Sir Lindsay and Lord McFall, the Lord Speaker, stepped in at the last minute to stop Zheng Zeguang setting foot on the Westminster estate.
The decision to ban the Chinese delegation from attending the lying in state comes after the sanctioned MPs sent a letter to the speakers earlier this week to seek assurances that representatives from Beijing would not be allowed onto the parliamentary estate.
They also expressed concern and anger at President Xi being invited to the funeral and called for the invite to be rescinded, citing China’s human rights record.
Sir Iain told Politico that it was “astonishing” that Chinese representatives had been invited and suggested it was “project kowtow all over again”.
Speaking to The Telegraph today, Sir Iain said: “The representatives of the Chinese government were banned on the proviso that until they lift the sanctions on the seven parliamentarians then they are not welcome in the building.
“That ban still stands and peculiarly the Foreign Office either didn’t bother to check or decided to go ahead anyway only to find that the ban hasn’t changed which means Westminster Hall is out of bounds for Chinese authorities.”
The heads of state of all countries which the UK has full diplomatic relations with have been invited to the funeral. Only three national governments have been banned from attending: Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
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