China banned from viewing Queen Elizabeth lying-in-state


© Reuters. A protracted publicity {photograph} exhibiting members of the general public as they file previous the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped within the Royal Customary with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre, mendacity in state on the catafalque in Westminster Ha

LONDON (Reuters) – The Chinese language delegation visiting London to attend Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on Monday is not going to be allowed to view her coffin on the lying-in-state vigil inside parliament, the BBC reported on Friday.

Some parliamentarians had raised considerations about inviting representatives from China after a number of British lawmakers had been sanctioned by Beijing for criticising alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. China denies any such abuses.

The BBC stated, with out citing sources, that it understood the Chinese language authorities delegation had been banned from attending the lying-in-state after the speaker of the decrease home of parliament had refused entry to Westminster Corridor on the parliamentary property as a result of Chinese language sanctions.

The speaker’s workplace declined to remark. The Home of Commons stated it didn’t touch upon safety issues.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Liz Truss has stated it’s for Buckingham Palace to set out the visitor checklist after taking recommendation from the international workplace, which, in response to conference, invitations representatives from nations with which Britain has diplomatic relations.

Chinese language international ministry spokesperson Mao Ning instructed a briefing in Beijing that she had not but seen the report.

“What I need to say is the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is a crucial occasion for the UK. International delegations collaborating within the occasion upon invitation from the UK is an indication of respect to the Queen and the significance accorded to (relations with) the UK,” she stated.

“Because the host, the UK ought to uphold diplomatic protocols and correct manners to visitors.”

A number of world leaders, royalty and different dignitaries will attend the funeral. Chinese language Vice President Wang Qishan is anticipated to symbolize China, a British international workplace supply stated on Thursday.

Different visiting dignitaries will likely be given a timed slot to attend the lying-in-state over the weekend.

Final yr, the Chinese language ambassador to Britain was banned from attending an occasion within the British parliament due to the sanctions on the lawmakers.

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