Graeme Harrower, councillor for Bassishaw ward, questioned the corporation’s stance, saying: “If a significant British company made 80pc of its profits in Nazi Germany in 1938 and that country had 40 companies here employing around 4,000 people, would that have justified the City corporation ‘engaging’ with Nazi Germany while ignoring events like Kristallnacht?”
The Corporation also faced criticism last year after refusing Taiwan permission to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show celebrating the inauguration of the head of the Corporation. The Taiwan Visitors Association, a non-profit, has applied to take part this year.
Anthony Browne MP, a member of the Sino-sceptic China Research Group, said the corporation needed to show “they are not bowing to political pressure from China” over the event. A spokesman for the Lord Mayor’s Show said: “It is not a political event. It is a family-orientated day out.”