Some MP’s and peers have expressed disdain towards the invitation of the Chinese government to the Queens funeral.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Tim Loughton, Conservative MPs, wrote to James Cleverly to voice their concern.
They described the invitation as “extraordinary” and referred to the Chinese as the “architects” of genocide against the Uyghur minority.
Last year, the House of Commons declared a genocide against the Uyghurs of North-West China. Over a million people were believed to have been held in camps in the region of Xinjiang.
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China repeatedly denied the allegations, claiming the camps are “re-education” facilities used to combat terrorism.
China sanctioned the signing of Cleverly’s letter about the countries invitation withdrawal last year due to their vocal criticism of China, particularly with regard to China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minor group.
Despite China’s President Xi Jinping’s appearance on the guest list for the state funeral, he is not thought likely to attend as he has only left China once since the start of the Covid pandemic.
China’s foreign ministry said Beijing was “considering sending a high-level delegation” to the funeral instead.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said it was for the Palace to set out the guest list and the convention was that countries with whom the UK has diplomatic relations were invited to send representatives.
The funeral will be attended by approximately 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries including the US President Joe Biden.
Due to the invasion of Ukraine, representatives from Russia or Belarus were not invited. Similarly, neither has anyone from Myanmar owing to a breakdown in diplomatic relations following last year’s military coup.