The Chinese embassy said it was a "despicable and cowardly" decision that would harm both countries' interests. The ban, which was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, comes at a time when tensions between the two governments are high.
In March, China imposed travel bans and asset freezes on five MPs and two peers whom it accused of spreading lies about the country. This was in response to the UK's decision to impose its first sanctions against Chinese officials for human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Despite this, the China parliamentary group still decided to invite Mr Zheng to its summer party on the Commons terrace pavilion overlooking the Thames.