Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with China’s President Xi Jinping at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 16, 2022.
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Xi Jinping was filmed chastising Justin Trudeau for leaking details of a meeting to the press.
“That’s not appropriate,” Xi told Trudeau on Wednesday at the G20 summit in Indonesia.
Three experts say the exchange is a rare, unscripted moment from Xi, who carefully curates his image.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was filmed chastising Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday at the G20 summit in Indonesia.
The 40-second video, captured by a Canadian news cameraman, offers a rare glimpse into Xi’s personal style of diplomacy.
“Everything we discussed has been leaked to the paper, that’s not appropriate,” Xi told Trudeau, per a translator who was with Xi during the exchange. “And that wasn’t the way that we conducted the conversation.”
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Xi added that there needs to be “sincerity” from the Canadians. “Otherwise, it will be hard to say what will happen,” the Chinese leader said.
Trudeau responded that Canadians believe in “free, open, and frank dialogue.” Xi did not look at Trudeau and raised his hands, seemingly to cut him off.
“Create the conditions, create the conditions,” Xi said.
Before Trudeau could respond, the Chinese leader smiled, shook his hand, and said “Good!” before walking away. It’s not immediately clear what meeting Xi was referring to during the exchange, but Trudeau on November 7 spoke of China “continuing to play aggressive games” with Canada’s democratic institutions.
Remarking on his exchange with Xi, Trudeau said that “not every conversation is going to be easy,” per The Globe and Mail. Representatives for Trudeau’s office and China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
What the clip shows us about Xi’s style
Wednesday’s exchange was a rare, unscripted interaction from the typically calculated Xi, Ian Chong, a professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, told Insider.
“It suggests a certain ease with forcefulness on the part of Xi,” Chong said. “But he certainly is unafraid to put pressure on Canada and is unhappy about Canada revealing their own side of the exchange.”
Dylan Loh, an assistant professor in foreign policy at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, said the video captures only a portion of Xi and Trudeau’s full exchange. “That said, the clip does lend the impression of Xi dictating the pace of how …read more
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