the president of china, Xi Jinpingaccused this Wednesday the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeauof behaving inappropriately by leaking to the media the content of a conversation between the two leaders the day before, in an uncomfortable meeting that went viral on social networks.
The accusations came when the two crossed paths in a public space in Bali, Indonesia, where the two leaders are attending the annual G-20 summit.
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“Everything we discussed has been leaked to the newspaper; that’s not appropriate”Xi snapped at Trudeau through an interpreter.
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“That’s not… the way the conversation was conducted. If there is sincerity on your part…” the Chinese president continued, visibly upset, before Trudeau interrupted him to say that even though they have disagreements, they must work together.
“We believe in a free, open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have. We will continue to seek to work together constructively, but there will be things we disagree on, and we will have to…” said Trudeau who also couldn’t finish the sentence.
“Let’s create the conditions first”, Xi argued, extending his hand to his Canadian counterpart, before the two shook hands and parted ways.
Trudeau and Xi spoke briefly face to face on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali on Tuesday. After the unofficial meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office published a summary of the conversation indicating the issues raised and who raised them.
According to the statement, during the brief discussion between the two leaders – who have disagreed over the trade and the arrest and detention of two Canadians – Trudeau raised his concern over media reports that China covertly funded 11 candidates in the 2019 federal election.
Trudeau’s talk with Xi it was not an official bilateral meeting like those that Xi had with other leaders, including the president of the United States, Joe Biden, the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and the president of France, Emmanuel Macron.
The statement also revealed that the two leaders discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the continued North Korean aggression against South Korea and the upcoming COP15 summit in Montreal. However, he did not clarify how Xi reacted to any of these issues, only that the two leaders “discussed the importance of continued dialogue.”
In his closing press conference, Trudeau responded to the incident by saying that his government trusts its citizens to want to be informed of the work it does on their behalf.
“I will not stop being frank with Canadians, even when we discuss important and sometimes sensitive issues”declared Trudeau.
“Getting the right balance between being open about disagreements and the issues we raise, and being able to work constructively at the same time, is something that people need to understand is what Canadians will always do,” he added.
Trudeau also took advantage of his press conference to announce that the mission to train Ukrainian soldiers in Great Britain, within the framework of the so-called Operation UNIFIER, which has been underway since 2015, will be extended until the end of 2023.
The announcement comes just days after Canada pledged another $500 million to support the Ukrainian military.
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