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China defends ‘very normal’ scene of Xi scolding Justin Trudeau

After Justin Trudeau’s public scolding, China said it supports open exchanges provided they are held on equal terms.

After President Xi Jinping vented his anger at Trudeau for leaking details about a meeting at which the Canadian prime minister raised concerns over China’s interference in his country’s affairs, the two were spotted arguing at summit in Indonesia.

China’s foreign ministry stated that Mr Xi wasn’t criticizing Mrs Trudeau.

Spokesperson Mao Ning stated that Canada is responsible for the current status of relations between Beijing & Ottawa and that Canada hopes Canada will create conditions that improve bilateral ties.

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She said, “The video you have mentioned was in fact a brief conversation between leaders during the G20 summit.”

“This is quite normal. It shouldn’t be interpreted by Chairman Xi as a criticism or accusation of anyone.

A TV camera captured President Xi’s exchanges with Mr Trudeau.


What was the exchange between the two?

Through an interpreter, Xi Jinping stated to Mr Trudeau that everything they discussed had been leaked to paper.

“And that’s… not… how the conversation was conducted,” Mr Xi stated, at which point Mr Trudeau intervened.

Trudeau stated that Canada believes in open, honest and free dialogue.

“We will continue looking to work constructively together but there will always be things that we disagree on.”

As Mr Trudeau responded, Mr Xi turned around.

“Let’s make the conditions first,” Mr Xi replied through an interpreter before they shook hands.

As he leaves, Mr Xi can still be heard saying Mandarin: “Very naive.”

This is a rare and interesting insight into Chinese foreign diplomacy

It would be rare to see a public interaction such as this between two world leaders. It is rare to see this happen under the cover of China’s leader Xi Jinping.

It is difficult to emphasize how meticulously choreographed and controlled every public appearance he makes. There is no room for error and emotions are rarely displayed.

We have him talking very candidly, and sometimes looking agitated.

This is because the conversation between the men was not on the official schedule. It was a brief exchange that took place after another event.

Canadian media, which sourced Trudeau’s office for the story, then ran stories about how Trudeau and Trudeau had discussed North Korea, Ukraine, and possible Chinese interference in Canada.

It is possible that the Chinese were so frustrated by their lack of time to prepare an official response.

Foreign diplomacy under President Xi Chinese has grown significantly. It is fascinating to hear it from the leader.


Trudeau raised ‘serious concerns’

Last Tuesday, the pair spoke for the first time at G20.

According to a Canadian official, they had discussed Ukraine, North Korea, and climate change. Mr Trudeau expressed “serious concern” about interference activities in Canada.

Later, when asked about the confrontation, Trudeau stated that “not all conversations are going to be easy but it’s extremely crucial that we continue standing up for the important things for Canadians”.

More information from G20:

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Leaders “expressing their respective positions”

Ms Mao, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said that China has never interfered in the affairs or people of other countries.

She didn’t say if Mr Trudeau brought up the alleged Chinese interference Tuesday as the reason for the exchange between the leaders the next day.

Ms Mao stated that Mr Xi’s threat to Mr Trudeau was not a threat. Both leaders were simply engaging in a normal exchange and “expressing their respective views”.

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