The speakers of Britain's parliament have banned the Chinese ambassador to the country from attending an event in the chamber, after Beijing imposed sanctions on British lawmakers who had accused China of human right abuses.
Multiple British media say Chinese Ambassador Zheng Zeguang was invited to a reception at the parliament on Wednesday.
But Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle and Lords Speaker John McFall revoked the invitation.
Hoyle told local media that it is not appropriate for the Chinese ambassador to meet on the Commons estate when his country has imposed sanctions against some British lawmakers.
China took the actions in March in response to Britain's sanctions on senior Chinese officials accused of the human rights violation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
In response, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China strongly condemns the move and will have to take necessary countermeasures.
He noted that China has fought back against any words and actions that undermine its core interests, adding that it will never tolerate such actions.