China's VP Wang Qishan To Attend Queen Elizabeth's Funeral

China's VP Wang Qishan To Attend Queen Elizabeth's Funeral

Sept. 18, 2022, 7:26 a.m.

China's Foreign Ministry has announced that Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the state funeral of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday.

Wang visited the British Embassy in Beijing earlier this week to pay condolences, saying that Queen Elizabeth actively contributed to the development of China-UK relations.

On the other hand, Russia's government has revealed it was informed by the British Foreign Office that the country's representatives would not be invited.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Thursday that London cited Russia's "special military operation" as the reason.

The Russian statement condemned the decision, saying "the UK's attempt to take advantage of a national tragedy that touched the hearts of millions of people around the world in order to settle scores with us during the days of mourning is deeply immoral."

It also said, "Russia is sending heartfelt condolences to the British people over their great loss."

Reuters news agency has cited diplomatic sources as saying that aside from Russia, Britain has also refrained from inviting delegations from Belarus, Myanmar, Syria, Venezuela and Afghanistan.

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