Chinese President Xi Jinping publicly scolded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G20 summit in a dispute further complicating the strained relations between the two nations.
The on-camera dressing down follows Trudeau’s comments about alleged Chinese interference in Canada’s democratic and judicial systems.
Canadian federal police said last week they were investigating so-called police stations set up illegally by Beijing in the North American country.
Relations between the two countries have soured after Canadian authorities arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in 2018 for allegedly flouting US sanctions on Iran.
Beijing later detained two Canadian citizens in China, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, in what critics called a tit-for-tat response.
Meng and the 2 Canadians were released last year after lengthy negotiations.
Xi’s Tuesday meeting with Trudeau was the first face-to-face dialogue between the two leaders since 2019.