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Queen Elizabeth funeral invitation to China draws fire from U.K. lawmakers

With vice president expected to attend, MPs denounce welcoming 'architects of genocide'

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan signs a condolence book for the late Queen Elizabeth II at the British Embassy in Beijing, Monday, Sept. 12, in this photo released by Xinhua News Agency.   © AP

LONDON -- China's Vice President Wang Qishan is expected to attend the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, but the invitation to Beijing has drawn rebuke from British politicians who have been vocal critics of alleged Chinese repression.

Wang's planned visit was first reported by British and Hong Kong media. Chinese President Xi Jinping was on the guest list for the state funeral, according to the BBC, but it appears Xi is sending his longtime ally in his place.

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