Iain Duncan Smith says China should be barred from King's Coronation

Senior Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith says Xi’s Chinese government should be barred from King Charles’ Coronation amid ‘litany of crimes against humanity’

  • Iain Duncan Smith said inviting China would be wrong because of its ‘genocide’
  • Peer Lord Alton also called for China to be barred from the coronation 

The Chinese Government should be barred from the King’s Coronation, an MP and peer sanctioned by Beijing have argued.  

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP warned said China’s ‘crimes against humanity’ would make its representatives attendance unacceptable, while crossbench peer Lord Alton said it would send ‘confusing and contradictory signals’ when the Government sees the country as a threat. 

Beijing’s ‘threats to Taiwan’ and ‘tacit support of Russia’ were further reasons Sir Iain said he opposed an invitation for China to the May event. 

He told The Telegraph: ‘I object to it personally, because I’m sanctioned by them and I think they’re guilty of genocide and a whole litany of crimes against humanity.’ 

Lord Alton said: ‘Putting out the red carpet in every sense is the wrong thing to do. 

King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla with Chinese premier XI Jinping and his wife during their state visit to the UK in 2015

Former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith warned against inviting China to the coronation in May

‘From Taiwan, to Tibet, from Hong Kong to Xinjiang and to the increasing direct threats to the security of the UK, these should all be a wake-up call to us.’ 

He said the Coronation was ‘the ultimate celebration of our constitutional parliamentary democracy and everything which runs counter to Chinese Communist Party dictatorship’, and that Chinese dignitaries ‘should not be accorded the usual diplomatic niceties’. 

China’s involvement ‘would send out confusing and contradictory signals,’ Lord Alton said. 

The West’s relations with Beijing have been further strained by the recent shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon in US airspace earlier this month. 

Serious concerns were previously raised when an invitation to the Queen’s funeral was extended to representatives from China in September. 

Crossbench peer Lord Alton said ‘putting out the red carpet’ for China would ‘send out confusing and contradictory signals

A group of sanctioned parliamentarians, including Sir Iain and Lord Alton, wrote to the Commons and Lord Speakers at the time: ‘Given that the United Kingdom Parliament has voted to recognise the genocide committed by the Chinese Government against the Uighur people it is extraordinary that the architects of that genocide should be treated in any more favourable way than those countries who have been barred.’ 

China was ultimately represented by vice-president Wang Qishan at the state funeral, while a delegation from the country also attended the Queen’s lying in state in Westminster Hall.

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