Chinese ambassador to UK barred from Parliament

LONDON (AP) — China’s ambassador to Britain has been barred from Parliament and told he could not enter the building for a talk he was scheduled to give. Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said it was not “appropriate” for Ambassador Zheng Zeguang to enter Parliament because China imposed sanctions against seven British parliamentarians over their criticism of Beijing’s human rights record. Zheng was due to attend a reception Wednesday in the House of Commons organized by a cross-party parliamentary group on China. In March, China imposed sanctions on seven British politicians who have spoken out against China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority in the far-west Xinjiang region. The Chinese Embassy condemned Tuesday’s move.