Quite understandable in the context of sanctioning of MPs. But challenging in the context of UK-China relations.
This report from @TheBFPG out today was well timed. Not yet read in detail, but appears to be of their usual very high standard.
Calling the Speakers of the Commons and Lords "despicable and cowardly" is not exactly diplomacy. China seems happy to weaken relations further with the UK (and EU).
I've generally been quite supportive of trying to strengthen diplomatic and economic ties with China but right now that isn't possible. One wonders whether it will be for quite some time.

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Snap judgement. Very bad news for hopes of speedy UK accession (not at all our fault).
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