HUDDERSFIELD MP Barry Sheerman has condemned the “barbaric” Chinese government.
The Labour MP was speaking in the House of Commons after the arrest of artist Ai Weiwei.
He asked Leader of the House Sir George Young for a debate on China.
He said: “Will the Leader of the House urgently consider more attention and debates on China?
“China has – many people think – a malign influence on the world economy, treats its citizens barbarically and locks up even artists.
“Is it not about time that we took China and its implications for world order, seriously?”
Sir George replied: “The Government are concerned about the treatment of Weiwei.
“We think his detention without charge is unacceptable and we have made representations through the Foreign Secretary.
“It is important that China observes the proper standards of human rights to which all civilised countries ought to be signed up.”