Chinese ambassador barred from UK parliament over sanctions row

Decision came in response to Beijing's sanctions against several British MPs.

Chinese ambassador barred from UK parliament over sanctions row

The U.K. Houses of Parliament decided Tuesday to bar China’s ambassador to the country in retaliation over Beijing imposing sanctions on British MPs earlier this year.

Zheng Zeguang — who assumed the role in July — had been due to attend a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on China, but the invitation was rescinded Tuesday by the House of Commons’ Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.

The Chinese embassy in London slammed the decision, describing it as “despicable and cowardly.”

The move came after Hoyle met last week with a group of MPs targeted by the Chinese sanctions, which Beijing slapped on a total of 10 U.K. organizations and individuals in March in response to British sanctions for Chinese officials linked to human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The Chinese government said the British officials were punished for spreading “lies and disinformation” about the situation in Xinjiang.

The British MPs wrote to Hoyle after their meeting, urging him to consider “the implications of the visit for all parliamentarians who need to be able to speak out as part of their duties in the democratic system we all cherish.”

In a statement Tuesday after consulting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Hoyle said: “I do not feel it’s appropriate for the ambassador for China to meet on the Commons estate and in our place of work when his country has imposed sanctions against some of our members.”

The ambassador will be banned from both the House of Commons and House of Lords while the sanctions remain.

Relations between China and the U.K. have soured in recent years over Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong, tech giant Huawei, and media reports of human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. At the same time, the U.K. is also trying to persuade China to endorse its ambitious climate plans at the COP26 summit in Glasgow later this year.

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Top doc Chris Whitty used his public platform to criticize Minaj for implying in a tweet that COVID vaccines could cause impotence, saying: “There are a number of myths that fly around, some of which are just clearly ridiculous and some of which are clearly designed just to scare. That happens to be one of them.”

He added that people who pedal such “untruths” should be “ashamed.”

Whitty was referring to earlier comments by Minaj in which she said of the Met Gala — one of fashion’s glitziest events, which she didn’t attend — that organizers “want you to get vaccinated … if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research.”

Why? Well … “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”

Minaj’s comments went viral and she later clarified her position, saying: “A lot of countries won’t let ppl work w/o the vaccine. I’d def recommend they get the vaccine. They have to feed their families. I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc.”

After Whitty had spoken, Boris Johnson then became involved, saying: “I am not as familiar with the works of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be. But I am familiar with Nikki Kanani, a superstar GP of Bexley who has appeared many times before you, who will tell you vaccines are wonderful and everybody should get them.”

Little did we know that Minaj is an avid watcher of British coronavirus update press conferences as she retweeted the clip of Johnson, saying: “I love him even tho I guess this was a diss? The accent ugh! Yassss boo!!!”

She then posted a recorded message directed at Johnson in which she used the worst fake British accent since Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins,” saying: “I was just calling to say you were amazing on the news this morning.” She went on to say that she is “actually British,” “went to Oxford,” “went to school with Margaret Thatcher” and would “love to send you my portfolio of my work, since you don’t know much about me. I’m a big, big star in the United States!”

Cardi B was unavailable for comment.

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