Chinese ambassador barred from British parliament

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role in July — had been due to attend a meeting of the all-party parliamentary group on China, but the invitation was rescinded Tuesday by the House of Commons’ Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.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

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