Protests targeting Donald Trump’s visit to the UK have been branded as “the height of hypocrisy” by the MP for Lichfield and Burntwood.
The US President’s state visit has seen protests in London, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also spoke at an anti-Trump rally.
But Conservative MP Michael Fabricant told the House of Commons the actions of those speaking out against his trip were hypocritical.
He said: “Thirty years ago this week, some 2,000 democrats -maybe more, but we will never know the number – were murdered in Tiananmen Square.
“Even now in China, a great firewall prevents Wikipedia, Google and others from communicating with the Chinese people.
“Although China has moved on, is it not the height of hypocrisy that those who demonstrated against the President of America chose not to demonstrate against the President of China when he came here?”
His comments were supported by David Lidington MP who stood in for Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons.
“My honourable friend makes a telling point about the inconsistency in standards among some leading members of this house,” he said.
“It was indeed 30 years yesterday since the tragic and shocking events in which so many people lost their lives while protesting peacefully in and around Tiananmen Square.
“The sad truth today is that people in China are still unable to exercise their right to protest peacefully – a right given to them by international agreements to which the Chinese government have signed up.
“We continue to urge the Chinese government to respect citizens’ freedom of association, assembly, expression and other fundamental rights and freedoms as is supposed to be enshrined in China’s constitution as well as in international law.