the chinese president, Xi Jinpinghas scolded his Canadian counterpart this Wednesday, Justin Trudeau, during the G20 summit, accusing him of having leaked conversations that both have held behind closed doors. Some unusual images, because it is not usual for the Chinese leader to publicly show his anger.
In the images published by the Canadian media, Xi and Trudeau can be seen very close to each other, talking through their interpreters, during the summit that is being held this year on the Indonesian island of Bali.
“This is not appropriate and we do not act this way”Xi snaps at Trudeau in Mandarin with a smile on his face. “If there is sincerity, we can communicate well and with mutual respect, otherwise the result will be difficult to predict,” he adds.
According to the agency Reutersit is very probable that his discontent had to do with the information that appeared in the Canadian media that pointed out that Trudeau had “serious concerns” about alleged espionage and alleged “interference” by China in the Canadian elections. All this was released after the meeting that both leaders held last Tuesday, which are the first conversations between Trudeau and Xi Jinping in more than three years.
In the video, one of Xi’s interpreters can be seen telling Trudeau that “everything we talk about has appeared in the press, that is not acceptable.” The video captures an unusual moment in the case of Xi, who tries to take great care of his image through Chinese state television.
Trudeau responds to Xi’s initial criticisms and tries to argue with him: “In Canada we believe in free, open and frank dialogue And that’s what we’ll continue to have, we’ll continue to work constructively together, but there will be things we don’t agree on.”
Before he can finish speaking, a slightly exasperated Xi can be seen cutting him off and saying, “Create the conditions, create the conditions, okay?” just before smiling, shaking Trudeau’s hand and leaving.
Neither the Chinese foreign ministry nor state media have published anything related to the talks between Xi and Trudeau.. The two held an informal 10-minute meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit last Tuesday, according to a government source told Reuters. Xi has held nine bilateral summits with other heads of state during the summit, according to the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Canada has never released any official report on the meeting, but Trudeau confirmed the conversation and the points he made with Xi during the press conference at the end of the G20 day.
“Canada trusts its citizens with information about the conversations we have held on its behalf as a government”Trudeau said, according to a transcript of his remarks at the news conference. Trudeau added that not all conversations with world leaders have to be easy, but indicated that the “systems” of both countries are different and that in China “there is not the same openness that a democratic leader has and should have with his citizens”.
The brief but revealing exchange between Xi and Trudeau has highlighted tensions between China and Canada, which have been escalating since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at Chinese technology company Huawei, in 2018. And the subsequent arrest of two Canadians. accused of espionage. All three were eventually released. Despite his release, tensions between the two countries have resurfaced in recent times.
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