Justin Trudeau has come under fire from Chinese President Xi Jinping for allegedly acting inappropriately by leaking details of a chat between the two leaders to the media.
The claims were made after the two leaders ran into one other in a public area in Bali, Indonesia, where they are both in attendees at the G20 conference.
“Everything we discuss has been leaked to the paper; that’s not appropriate,” Xi told Trudeau through an interpreter.
“That’s not … the way the conversation was conducted. If there is sincerity on your part—” Xi said.
Trudeau interrupted the Chinese leader, telling him that while they have disagreements, they should work together.
“We believe in free and open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have. We will continue to look to work constructively together, but there will be things we will disagree on, and we will have to…” Trudeau said before Xi interrupted.
Before shaking hands and walking apart, Xi stated to Trudeau, “Let’s create the conditions first.”
On the fringes of the G20 conference in Bali on Tuesday, Trudeau and Xi had a brief face-to-face conversation. The Prime Minister’s Office published a readout of the conversation detailing the subjects that were brought up and who raised them following the informal meeting.
Trudeau voiced his concerns about media claims that China secretly supported 11 candidates in the 2019 federal election during the brief conversation between the two leaders, who have been at differences over trade and the arrest and detention of two Canadians.