I call the meeting to order.
Good evening, one and all. Welcome to meeting number seven of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Canada–People’s Republic of China Relationship. Pursuant to the order of reference of May 16, 2022, the committee is meeting on its study of the Canada-People's Republic of China relations, with a focus on the Canada-Taiwan relations.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of June 23, 2022. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely by using the Zoom application.
At this point, we'll welcome some of our guests today.
Mr. Genuis, it's good to see you.
Ms. Sgro, it's good to have you here. I'm a little intimidated, because Judy was the first chair who handled a committee that I was on when I first got here in 2015. There you go.
Sameer, it's good to see you.
Taleeb Noormohamed is lurking there. Yes, there he is, at the bottom of the screen. It's good to have you on board.
Now I have a few comments for the benefit of the witnesses and members.
Please wait until I recognize you by name before speaking. For those participating by video conference, click on the microphone icon to activate your mike, and please mute it when you're not speaking.
For interpretation for those on Zoom, you have the choice at the bottom of your screen of “floor”, “English” or “French”. Those in the room can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
I would remind you that all comments should be addressed through the chair.
For members in the room, if you wish to speak, please raise your hand. For members on Zoom, please use the “raise hand” function. The clerk and I will manage the speaking order as best we can, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in this regard.
Now, especially for the benefit of Mr. Bergeron, we want to make sure that everybody has had their tests. The audio was good when we checked it, but we've had examples in the recent past of things that checked out well at one part of the day, and then by the time we got to the committee, it wasn't so good. It's always going to be on an edge, but we'll see how we do.
With that, I'd like to welcome our witnesses for the first hour.
We have Dr. Tong Lam, associate professor at the University of Toronto, and Colin Robertson, senior advisor and fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. They are appearing as individuals.
Gentleman, welcome to the Canada-China committee.
Mr. Lam, you have five minutes for an opening statement.