China announced on Saturday that Vice President Wang Qishan would attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as President Xi Jinping’s special representative.
A group of Chinese-sanctioned British legislators has expressed concern that the Chinese government has been invited to the funeral. One told the BBC that the invitation should be rescinded because of human rights abuses with the Uighur ethnic group in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang.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 the crackdown on corruption, which has been one of Xi’s signature initiatives. China’s leader.
Wang was nominated to the largely ceremonial post of vice president in 2018 and frequently attends events on Xi’s behalf.