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Spokesman: Xi ‘did not criticize’ Trudeau

A visibly charged conversation between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and China’s leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali continues to stir talk. Xi did not criticize Trudeau, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stressed Thursday. Spokeswoman Mao Ning said, Beijing supports open exchanges as long as they are on an equal footing. China hopes Canada will take steps to improve bilateral relations, she said. The conversation did indeed take place that way, Mao confirmed. She explained, “This is very normal. I don’t think it should be interpreted as Chairman Xi criticizing or accusing anyone.”

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