Xi confronts Trudeau on G20 sidelines over alleged media leaks – H Talk Asia

According to a video of the incident, Chinese leader Xi Jinping confronted Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 summit with alleged leaks about their one-on-one meeting.

The meeting was apparently sparked after Reuters quoted Canadian government sources as saying Trudeau held a side meeting with Xi on Tuesday, the first in more than three years. Trudeau reportedly raised concerns about Chinese interference in the Canadian elections.

“Everything we discussed leaked to the newspapers and it’s not appropriate,” Xi says, while seemingly forcing a smile in comments that were translated by an interpreter. “That’s not how the conversation was conducted.”

“That’s not how we do it, is it? If you are sincere, we will conduct our conversations with mutual respect,” Xi said in footage from a break at the G20 provided to CTV News Channel’s Annie Bergeron-Oliver, a reporter who accompanied Trudeau.

The Chinese interpreter could not fully translate Xi’s Chinese into English. After Xi said “this is inappropriate” while seemingly shaking his head in disapproval, he took one last look at Trudeau, spread both hands and shook his head again while saying, “Otherwise the results could be unpredictable.”

Between Xi’s two statements, Trudeau tried to stress the importance of open communication between leaders. “In Canada we believe in free, open and open dialogue and we will continue to do so,” he said. “We will continue to try to work together constructively, but there will be things that we don’t agree on.”

Halfway through, however, as he listened to his interpreter’s translation of Trudeau’s speech, Xi noticed the cameras nearby. Xi then repeated the phrase, “Let’s create the conditions” twice, shook hands with Trudeau and quickly left.

A Reuters report on Tuesday revealed that Trudeau and Xi’s meeting followed the arrest of an employee of Canada’s largest energy company. The man was accused of stealing trade secrets for China.

At a routine press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning declined to comment on the incident.

Translated by Chase Bodiford. Edited by Malcolm Foster.