November 20, 2006


Harper hails 'frank' talk with Chinese leader
(BRIAN LAGHI, 11/20/06, Globe and Mail)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper emerged from a long-awaited and much-delayed meeting with China's President Hu Jintao yesterday, boasting that the Chinese leadership is not used to dealing with a Canadian government as forceful as his.

After a week of back-and-forth on whether the two men would get together, Mr. Harper and Mr. Hu finally caught up with each other Saturday night at the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, where the Prime Minister raised issues involving Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen jailed in China without access to Canadian consular officials.

"Although it was not a long discussion, [it] was a frank discussion with the President of China," Mr. Harper said yesterday at a wrap-up news conference.

"[There was] a distinct impression, if I can say it, that the Chinese are not used to that from a Canadian government."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2006 7:47 AM
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