Xi confronts Trudeau at G-20, says private conversation was 'leaked' to media: 'Not appropriate'

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Chinese Communist Party President Xi Jinping took a stern tone with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G-20 world meeting in Indonesia on Wednesday, complaining of "inappropriate" leaks to the press.



The confrontation followed Canadian government sources' discussion of the world leaders' conversation on the sidelines of the G-20 on Tuesday, where Trudeau reportedly voiced "serious concerns" about Chinese attempts to influence the country.

"Everything we discussed has been leaked to the papers. That's not appropriate," Xi told Trudeau in an informal conversation at the G-20, according to video shot by a Canadian pool reporter. "And that's not the way the conversation was conducted."

The pair of leaders were speaking through a translator on the floor of the assembly hall.

Trudeau pushed back at the criticism, telling the Chinese leader, "We believe in free and open and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have."

The prime minister has been outspokenly critical of China's international politicking, accusing the communist nation of "playing aggressive games" to influence Canadian democracy.

"We will continue to look to work constructively together, but there will be things we disagree on," Trudeau added in his brief interaction with Xi on Wednesday.... (Read more)