Chinese vice president Wang Qishan to attend Queen Elizabeth II funeral despite reservations

A group of British legislators sanctioned by China have expressed concern about the Chinese government being invited to the funeral due to the human rights abuses on the Uyghur ethnic group in China's Xinjiang region

Press Trust of India September 17, 2022 14:31:18 IST
Chinese vice president Wang Qishan to attend Queen Elizabeth II funeral despite reservations

Queen's coffin at the Westminster Hall, London. Reuters

Beijing: China announced Saturday that Vice President Wang Qishan would attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as the special representative of President Xi Jinping.

A group of British legislators sanctioned by China have expressed concern that the Chinese government has been invited to the funeral. One told the BBC the invitation should be rescinded because of human rights abuses in the treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.

Wang, who is close to Xi, was a member of the ruling Communist Party’s all-powerful, seven-member Politburo Standing Committee from 2012 to 2017. During those years, he led a crackdown on corruption that has been one of Xi’s signature initiatives as China’s leader.

Wang was named to the largely ceremonial post of vice president in 2018 and often attends events on Xi’s behalf.

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