POLL: Should China be invited to King Charless Coronation?

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister warns what could happen if China is not stopped

China’s Vice President Han Zheng, is expected to represent his country at King Charles’s Coronation ceremony on May 6 in the place of President Xi Jinping.

Senior members of the Conservative Party have criticised the decision to invite the man responsible for China’s clampdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Sir Iain Duncan-Smith has called for “much tougher” action on China ahead of Mr Han’s attendance, accusing the Government of “turning a blind eye” to authoritarian regimes.

He told Times Radio: “This is the individual by the way, let’s get this actually straight, of this abusive, dreadful government that literally is committing genocide, torture, abuse of prosecutions in Hong Kong, of democracy campaigners.

“But this individual isn’t just involved. He was deeply guilty of the whole process of persecution of people like Jimmy Lai. I think the Government has been less than strong. I have to tell you this, I hate to say it about my Government.”


He also suggested that some Chinese officials should be sanctioned by the UK. He continued: “America has sanctioned 10 people in Hong Kong, who are guilty of that persecution, we have sanctioned absolutely nobody.

“This whole litany of abuse goes on. And what we’re doing at the moment is turning a blind eye to it and I find that terrible. I’m sanctioned by China for calling it out. I’ll carry on doing it…this is a terrible regime. And we seem to be doing very little to say to them we’ve had enough of it.”

Former Housing Secretary Simon Clarke agreed, accusing the Government of “wilful naivety”. He said: “Han Zheng, who has led the extinguishing of civil liberties in Hong Kong, ought not to be welcome at the Coronation.

“The Chinese Government is acting ever more aggressively in the region and across the wider world, and the UK should make it clear that we utterly deplore the actions they are taking, whether it be against their Uyghur population or in their threats to Taiwan. There is a fine line between diplomatic statecraft and wilful naivety.”

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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has spoken out in defence of the decision to allow Mr Han to attend the Coronation, arguing that the UK could not influence who a country chose as a representative.

He told Times Radio: “We don’t invite individuals. What we do is we invite a representative or two representatives from each country with which we have a diplomatic relationship.

“And that includes China, who China sends, indeed, which person any country sends as their representative at the Coronation is rightly a decision for that country.”

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: “On international invites there is advice from the Foreign Office to the Palace and obviously there is a wider list that is drawn up by the Royal Household.”

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