Xi’s tense exchange with Trudeau

Xi’s tense exchange with Trudeau
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Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, spoke sharply to Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, at the end of the G20 summit. In a short video, Xi accused Trudeau of leaking details of a conversation.

“That’s not appropriate,” Xi said, with a tight smile, speaking through a translator. He said that “sincerity” would be needed for fruitful discussion.

“In Canada, we believe in free and open and frank dialogue,” Trudeau responded, adding: “We will continue to look to work constructively together, but there will be things we will disagree on.”

Xi got the final word, offering a glimpse into his muscular style of personal diplomacy. “Let’s create the conditions first.” After a brisk handshake, they parted ways.

Context: Earlier this month, Trudeau sharply criticized China after reports of election meddling. He said China and other countries were “continuing to play aggressive games with our institutions, with our democracies.”

Details: Xi and Trudeau spoke briefly but did not have a formal meeting. Canadian media reported that Trudeau had discussed the war in Ukraine and also raised the interference reports, citing the prime minister’s office.

Source: The New York Times

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