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View Garnett Genuis Profile
CPC (AB)
Can I pick up on that? Could you talk a bit more about the integration between the commercial and the military?
I think this would surprise a lot of people as well, that ostensibly private companies are constantly looking for opportunities to find all kinds of military applications through the direction of party committees, and this has been escalated dramatically under Xi Jinping. This isn't just particular sectors; this is ubiquitous in what is expected on the commercial side within the Chinese economy.
Charles Burton
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Charles Burton
2020-06-08 12:38
The Chinese Communist Party establishes a five-year plan with goals for furtherance of their interests in key strategic sectors, including high technology. Therefore, the industries are involved in acquiring this information either through commercial deals with foreign companies contingent on the transfer of intellectual property and technology or through theft. For example, cyber espionage or espionage engaged in by agents of the Chinese state are involved in these relationships with foreign firms or universities where PLA-associated scholars have been found to be collaborating with Canadians in key sectors without identifying their People's Liberation Army association.
All the industries in China belong to these systems. Each ministry has a system, and this includes the military. A lot of things that we think are commercial enterprises are actors whose primary mandate is to further the interests of the Chinese strategic and military apparatus. That's been pretty well established.
View Garnett Genuis Profile
CPC (AB)
To your recommendation about a moratorium on all state-owned enterprise investment from China, would it be possible, as some might want to do, to say this sector might have military applications or might be more strategic, and this sector isn't, or is it more likely that those applications exist in a very broad spectrum of sectors?
Charles Burton
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Charles Burton
2020-06-08 12:40
I think the Chinese state is not likely to be investing in failing Canadian industries and sectors that are not in the geostrategic interests of the state as reflected in their planning process, which is comprehensive and very thorough. I think we have to look at any Chinese investment that is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, which all of them are required to be by virtue of their citizenship in the People's Republic of China. I think we'll find that most, if not all of them, are serving the interests of the Chinese state and are not simply about enhancing the profitability of a company in Canada through a shrewd investment by private or corporate considerations. They're state considerations.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
So a possible rethink of eligibility might be a good idea.
I want to pop over quickly to the “Strong, Secure, Engaged”. We had asked for a report on defence spending, how much was collapsing, what's on schedule and what's behind. You had told us originally the end of May. Where is the report? It is the end of May now.
Yves Giroux
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Yves Giroux
2020-05-29 11:16
We asked the department for updated information, and we did not get it. As you mentioned, we were hoping to release a report by the end of May, but we haven't received the information we were hoping to get, so we have to postpone that.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
Yves Giroux
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Yves Giroux
2020-05-29 11:17
We don't know why.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
That's disgraceful. This is half a trillion dollars of spending. Are they refusing to give it to you? Are they ignoring you? What are they doing?
Yves Giroux
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Yves Giroux
2020-05-29 11:17
Apparently the current situation makes it very difficult for departmental officials to provide us with the information.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
But this was only a couple of months.... Had they been ignoring it for longer than the current situation?
Yves Giroux
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Yves Giroux
2020-05-29 11:17
We were supposed to get the information on time to provide parliamentarians with an update on “Strong, Secure, Engaged”. May was the target date for us, but we didn't get the information on time.
View Kelly McCauley Profile
CPC (AB)
When are you going to get the information from DND?
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