TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – President of China Xi Jinping on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, directly criticized the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau on the alleged leak of details of their closed-door meeting at the G20 summit in Bali.
In video footage released by several Canadian television stations, Xi and Trudeau can be seen standing close to each other and speaking through an interpreter. G20 Summit in Bali. The footage shows the annoyance the Chinese leader rarely displays in public.
“It’s inappropriate, and we don’t do it that way,” Xi said in Mandarin with a smile.
“If there is sincerity, we can communicate well with mutual respect. Otherwise, later the result will not be easy to tell.
Xi’s displeasure was likely a reference to media reports that Trudeau had raised concerns over allegations of espionage and interference China in the Canadian election when he meets Xi on Tuesday. These were Trudeau’s first talks with Xi in more than three years.
In the video, a Xi translator can be heard saying to Trudeau, “Everything we discussed was leaked in the papers, it’s inappropriate.”
The video captures a rare hands-on moment for Xi, whose footage was carefully curated by Chinese state media.
Trudeau responded to Xi’s criticism by saying, “In Canada, we believe in free, open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to do.” We will continue to work together constructively, but there will be things we cannot agree on.”
However, before he could finish speaking, Xi, who looked slightly exasperated, cut him off and said sternly, “Create the conditions, create the conditions, okay?” before smiling, shaking hands with Trudeau, then leaving.
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