Live Updates: China to Attend Queen's Funeral Despite Worries

Live Updates: China to Attend Queen’s Funeral Despite Worries

BEIJING – China announced on Saturday that Vice President Wang Qishan will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as President Xi Jinping’s special envoy.

A group of British lawmakers under Chinese sanctions have expressed concern that the Chinese government has been invited to the funeral. One of them told the BBC that the invitation should be withdrawn due to human rights violations in the treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in China’s far-western Xinjiang region.

Wang, who is close to Xi, was a member of the all-powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee of the ruling Communist Party from 2012 to 2017. During these years, he led the fight against corruption, which has become one of the landmark initiatives of Xi Leader China.

Wang was promoted to the mostly ceremonial vice president post in 2018 and frequently attends events on Xi’s behalf.



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TOKYO. Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako traveled to the UK on Saturday to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II to pay their respects to her and the British royal family, considered the model of Japanese monarchy in modern history.

The decision of the Emperor and Empress to attend the Queen’s funeral highlights the importance and deep bond between the royal families. Traditionally, the Japanese emperor refrains from funerals, except for those of his parents, due to a cultural belief based on the Shinto religion that considers death unclean.

Former Emperor Akihito, as Crown Prince, attended the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Queen Elizabeth visited Japan in 1975.

Naruhito and Masako’s trip to the UK is their first trip as emperor and empress. The Queen’s invitation to visit after Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019 had to be postponed due to the pandemic.


LONDON. King Charles III and his three brothers and sisters were on duty at the coffin of their mother, which stands in Westminster Hall in London.

Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward stood with their backs to the flag-draped coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, heads bowed.

Members of the public, who had been queuing for hours to pay their last respects, continued to pass by as members of the royal family were on duty at the historic event.

On Saturday, the Queen’s eight grandchildren will hold a similar service.

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