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An official Chinese delegation was banned from attending the Queen’s visit.

Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle will block entry to Westminster Hall because sanctions imposed by Beijing on a group of congressmen and colleaguesa congressional source told the PA news agency.

It came like the crowd continued to pay their respects to the late king ahead of her state funeral on Monday.

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Last year, China impose a travel ban on nine Britons, including seven MPs, for accusing the country of human rights abuses against Uighurs Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.

In response, China’s ambassador to the UK is blocked from visiting parliament and this has now been extended to a mandate for states located.

Sir Lindsay has stood firm on his stance on banning Chinese state officials while MPs remain punished, according to a source, confirming the story originally reported by the Politico website.

A spokesman for the House of Commons said “we do not comment on security matters”, while a spokesman for Sir Lindsay also declined to comment.

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This move is likely to increase tensions between the UK and China.

President of China Xi Jinpingwho is currently meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin at a summit in Uzbekistan, is not expected to attend Monday’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.

He will be represented by vice president Wang Qishan.

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A number of MPs and sanctioned counterparts, including former Tory ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Tim Loughton, have raised concerns about the Chinese government being invited to the funeral.

In a letter to Sir Lindsay earlier this week, they wrote: “We are concerned to learn that the Chinese government has been invited to attend a state funeral next week, despite other countries such as Russia , Belarus and Myanmar were eliminated.

“Given that the UK parliament voted to recognize the genocide committed by the Chinese government against the Uighurs, it is extraordinary that the architects of that genocide should be treated with be treated in any way more favorable than those banned.”

As foreign minister and during his campaign to become prime minister, Liz Truss pushed for a tougher line against Beijing.

Downing Street said decisions about attendance were at Buckingham Palace and it was convention that countries with which the UK had diplomatic relations should be invited.

Invitations to the Queen’s state funeral have not been sent to Russia, Belarus or Myanmar while Iran will only be represented at the ambassadorial level, it is understood.

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The Kremlin has taken the decision not to invite its representative to the Queen’s funeral “deeply immoral” and “blasphemous”.

Last September, Sir Lindsay and Chairman Lord McFall of Alculous, told China’s ambassador to the UK Zheng Zeguang that he could not go to parliament because of sanctions.

The ban was criticized by the Chinese government at the time as “despicable and cowardly”.

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