Chinese reporter barred from PM's Arctic trip

Li Xue Jiang of the Chinese newspaper People's Daily is hauled away by members of the Royal...

Li Xue Jiang of the Chinese newspaper People's Daily is hauled away by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after he tried to grab a microphone and ask Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (not pictured) a question during a news conference at Xstrata Nickel's Raglan Mine in the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, August 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:01 PM ET

OTTAWA — One of the Chinese reporters barred from travelling with the Prime Minister's Office on its annual Arctic tour told QMI Agency he didn't even know he was persona non grata.

The PMO accused Li Xue Jiang from the People's Daily of "bad behaviour" during last year's Arctic trip and said that this year, Li, as well as reporters from the China state-run Xinhua news agency, couldn't come.

"I didn't even apply," Li said Tuesday from his office in Ottawa. "We paid a lot of money last year and we were treated unfairly. I made up my mind, I will never go again."

Li pushed one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's staffers during last year's trip because he wasn't allowed to ask Harper a question.

Li said Harper's staffer had pulled him out of the question queue twice, "and the third time I pushed back. So how is that bad behaviour?"


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