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View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, General Hillier. It's always a pleasure to have you as a witness. It's too bad we won't be having you for a long time.
Thank you again for your service to the country.
Whenever something happens that is not good--a little surprise, or a security situation such as the break-in at the prison, the focus is immediately on whether we are failing. I understand there should be concern, but at the same time, I would like you to tell us in your own words what has happened since the break-in. How have the NATO forces combated the Taliban, and what are the latest results?
There's always a silver lining in every cloud, and I'm trying to find a silver lining in this one.
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Has there been any combat right after the break-in?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Has there been any combat today, or right after these people escaped? Has there been any combat with NATO forces?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Since the last elections in Pakistan, all the hierarchy--the government, the foreign minister, everybody--has acknowledged that this is not an American war; it is actually for the survival of Pakistan itself, and it's a very complex situation within. What is encouraging is that there have been 12 elected members from the FATA and eight senators. There are 20 of them there.
I have spoken to some of them, and also the military. They believe there has to be a political, socio-economic, and definitely a military solution. The military aspect is not being diminished.
Do you agree with their views?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Reverend, it is very enlightening to hear your views.
A lot of people have come here and said China has moved tremendously--and I understand it. There are 1.3 billion, 1.4 billion people, and their growth seems to be steady and slow.
The question to you, sir, is this. The numbers have already been explained, but can you tell me how many Christians or Muslims there are in China? By that question, I mean the total number of Christians, Catholics, Protestants, all denominations put together.
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
About 100 million. That's a pretty big number. How do they get together and do their worship when the limitation is eight to twenty people? If you say 100 million people, there have to be an awful lot of churches, underground churches, storefronts, and whatever.
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Are they regionally distributed? In what part of China would the Christians be?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
The general view in certain minds is that the Canada-China human rights dialogue is not necessarily working and it has not actually achieved its objective and it's not going fast enough. So there's a fair amount of criticism. In your opinion, do you believe that the Canada-China bilateral human rights dialogue is succeeding? Or is it not succeeding?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
From what you have told us, there's no freedom of religion; you have members and the police come in. I know in certain other areas, as the economy grows the middle class grows, and there's more transparency, some say, in the government that is happening slowly. But particularly from the villages aspect, we still hear people from Falun Gong and others who say they're being persecuted. Could you shed some light on that?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Would you say, sir, that whenever there's an organized association, a community, a religion...? Does the government feel threatened by any organized groups that may start to become political? Is that the reason, or is there any other reason?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Could you shed some light? Would you be comfortable talking about the reasons, or are you not comfortable talking about that openly, since you are in China?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, sir, for appearing in front of the committee. It's good to hear your positive comments about China and the changes that are being brought about, as well your receiving, in writing, responses from the government on your suggestions and criticisms. That is definitely a positive step.
My questions are very simple. I would like to ask them and give you time to answer.
Could you tell us if the Canada-China human rights dialogue is working, if it is successful or not?
Could you highlight the areas of least success and the areas of most success?
Lastly, do you really believe that a country as big and populous and powerful and growing as China can be influenced by a single country, maybe even Canada?
View Wajid Khan Profile
CPC (ON)
If it is agreeable to members—and I think most of them would agree that this is important time that we are wasting on suspending the meeting; some of my colleagues have already had their nice picture shots and they look pretty good in those. If we have the audio, I'd like to request their support and we'll continue with this work rather than waste it.
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