In a rare face-to-face encounter, China’s Xi Jinping accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of inconsiderate diplomacy for detailing their conservations to the media.

In this video by The Telegraph, Xi tells Trudeau via a translator, “Everything we discuss has been leaked to the paper, that’s not appropriate. And that’s not the way the conversation was conducted.” 

The tense exchange occurred on the side of the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia. It was captured by journalists.

Xi further warned Trudeau in Mandarin, “We should have conversations in a respectful way. Otherwise, the results can’t be predicted.” 

The warning was not yet delivered to Trudeau as he interrupted the translator. While Xi exhibited a frustrated expression, he said, “In Canada, we believe in free and open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have.”

Trudeau added that both countries would continue to look to work constructively together. He, however, noted that there would be disagreements. Xi raised his hands in a probable gesture to stop the uncomfortable discussion and concluded that they needed to establish the conditions first. Both shook hands and walked their separate ways.

Trudeau’s office on November 14 said that he had confronted Xi about the interference activities in Canada, which he said were “serious concerns.” The discussion also transpired on the sidelines of the G-20.

Canadian media Global News reported on November 7 that intelligence officers had told Trudeau that the Chinese communist regime was targeting Canada with a broad campaign of foreign interference. This includes funded meddling in the nation’s 2019 elections. 

Ties between Canada and China have soured recently, notably after Canadian authorities jailed Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018 under a U.S. arrest order. Then, on the grounds of spying, China detained two Canadians. Although both men insisted they were innocent.

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