Justin Trudeau denounced Chinese interference in Canadian affairs and provoked a public rebuff from Xi Jinping

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“In Canada, we believe in free, open and frank dialogue,” said the Canadian prime minister. However, the head of the Chinese regime accused him of leaking details of their private meeting, providing candid insight into his interactions with other world leaders

Justin Trudeau and Xi Jinping speak after their meeting.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that he had discussed with President Xi Jinping the issue of Chinese interference in Canadian affairs on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

Ottawa has in recent weeks accused the Chinese government of interfere with their democratic institutions and judicial system, after years of strained relations between the two countries.

“I have raised the issue of interference with our citizens”, Trudeau said at a news conference on the Indonesian resort island.

Trudeau met Xi on Tuesday, the first face-to-face dialogue between the two leaders since 2019.

He said he told the Chinese leader, who last month secured a historic third term, “it's important to be able to have a dialogue about this.”

Justin Trudeau denounced Chinese interference in Canadian affairs and provoked a public rebuke of Xi Jinping

In the image, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.EFE/EPA/STR

Canadian federal police said on Thursday that they were investigating the so-called police stations set up illegally by China in the North American country.

Trudeau also said last week that China was playing “aggressive games” after Canadian broadcaster Global News reported on a “ underground network” of Beijing-funded federal election candidates.

“It is extremely important that we continue to stand up for things that are important to Canadians,” Trudeau told reporters.

He said he also highlighted “areas of mutual interest and geopolitical challenges ” in his conversation with Xi, including the war in Ukraine and tensions on the Korean peninsula.

“In Canada , we believe in free, open and frank dialogue, and that is what we will continue to have. We will continue to seek to work together constructively, but there will be things we disagree on,” Trudeau concluded.

Justin Trudeau denounced Chinese interference in Canadian affairs led to a public rebuke of Xi Jinping

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with China's President Xi Jinping at the G20 Leaders Summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2022. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS.

Xi Jinping's accusations

In response, the Chinese president accused Xi of leaking details of a private meeting between the two, providing unusually candid insight into Xi's interactions. Xi with other world leaders.

Footage captured by Canadian journalists at the Bali summit on Wednesday appeared to show Xi expressing his dissatisfaction with the account of the meeting shared by Trudeau with the media.

Justin Trudeau denounced Chinese interference in Canadian affairs and provoked a public insult of Xi Jinping

The Chinese president He confronted the Canadian prime minister at the Group of 20 summit and accused him of leaking details of a private meeting between the two, providing unusually candid insight into Xi's interactions with other world leaders. Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS.

“Everything we discussed got leaked to the newspapers, that's not appropriate”, Xi tells Trudeau in the video shared by a CTV reporter on Twitter.

“And that is not the way the conversation took place”, says Xi . “If he is being honest, we must communicate with mutual respect,” he added. “If not, I'm not so sure how it will turn out.”

Xi was dismissive, saying “we first create the conditions”, before shaking hands with the Canadian prime minister and walk away.

The interaction was recorded by journalists accompanying Trudeau and posted on Twitter by a CTV Nation News reporter.

China's foreign ministry on Wednesday declined to confirm any details of the conversation between the two leaders. Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said she had no information when asked about the meeting.

(with information from AFP)

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