Chinese President Xi Jinping lectures Justin Trudeau at the G20 over alleged leaks

Chinese President Xi Jinping lectures Justin Trudeau at the G20 over alleged leaks

Chinese President Xi Jinping lectures Justin Trudeau at the G20 over alleged leaks


Chinese leader Xi Jinping was captured by Canadian broadcasters in a rare candid moment on Wednesday, where he was filmed chiding his Canadian counterpart, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over what he described as “leaked” discussions.

On the margins G20 summit in Indonesia, Xi spoke to Trudeau in Mandarin with a smile. But the English translation of what he said was a little less friendly.

“Everything we talked about was leaked to the newspapers and that’s not appropriate,” Xi’s interpreter said.

Trudeau nodded and Xi spoke again. “And that’s not how the conversation was conducted,” said the translator.

“If there was sincerity on your part, then we will conduct our discussion with an attitude of mutual respect, otherwise there may be unpredictable consequences,” Xi told the Canadian leader in Mandarin.

Xi’s translator tries to translate what was said, only getting as far as “If there was honesty on your part,” before Trudeau cut him off.

“In Canada, we believe in free, open and honest dialogue,” Trudeau said, adding “we will continue to work constructively together, but there will be things we disagree on.”

“Let’s create the conditions first,” a translator on behalf of Xi said in the video. The Chinese leader then shook Trudeau’s hand and left with his entourage.

The exchange offers a rare glimpse into how Xi, whose public appearances are highly choreographedcommunicates with other leaders.

Not every conversation will be “easy,” Trudeau said Wednesday, according to a statement he gave to reporters after the exchange.

“But it’s extremely important that we continue to stand up for the things that matter to Canadians. It’s something we always do and will continue to do,” Trudeau said.

Their exchange comes as Xi looks to reassert China’s global influence at a summit on the island of Bali after a nearly three-year absence from the world stage.

China’s relations with allies of the United States have worsened to varying degrees in recent years, due to rising geopolitical tensions, disputes over trade and the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Beijing’s growing partnership with Moscow – despite Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Xi sought to restore relations at the summit, when he met with US President Joe Biden on Monday. He also held official talks with the leaders of Australia, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia and South Korea.

Canada no such meeting was afforded, and criticism could refer to strained relations between the countries since Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou was detained in Canada in 2018. The two Canadians were detained nine days later in China. All three were released in 2021

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