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Canada-China Relations committee  It's all of the above. I have not yet written something on this. You're prompting me to commit to doing that and sharing it with you.

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I haven't gotten around to a title yet. I promise to follow up on that. I think the idea really is reflected in many threads of our conversation here. We are no longer just talking about human rights violations in Hong Kong, the threats that Uighurs face or the challenges for c

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I think you just wrote the job description. Beijing's approach is not a whole-of-government approach, implying that it's merely a domestic matter. It's a whole-of-globe approach.

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I think one of the most urgent needs for rights-respecting governments in the coming few years is to map out for the coming decade, at least, which is hard for democracies to do, how to present a counterweight to these threats, rather than individual, piecemeal, this government d

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I'm very sorry. I'm going to have to defer that question to someone who speaks French. I don't, and I'm not getting the translation. Alex.

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I was hoping that somebody who speaks French could answer that question. I don't speak French and I'm not getting the translation, so I'm not precisely sure what the question was.

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I agree entirely with Alex on this matter.

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I'll just add that the national security law in many ways is not distinct if you're comparing it to other mainland laws. But let's recall that Hong Kong is a jurisdiction that has long enjoyed an independent, highly professional judicial system that protected the rights to a fair

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  I think some of the most evocative gestures since the law went into effect were things like people going out onto the street or members of the LegCo holding up blank pieces of paper as a gesture to say, “We're speaking, and we're not going to use the very words that might get us

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  We don't have particular figures of how many people are trying to leave, but I think, if I may speak very broadly here, people are forced to make some very difficult calculations about how the law is going to affect their lives, whether leaving might draw unwanted attention to fa

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  Sure. On the point about what to do to protect citizens, the Chinese government doesn't recognize dual citizenship. As a practical matter, I think probably the most urgent thing to do is to assess on what status dual citizens are in Hong Kong, meaning if they've entered Hong Kong

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  It's hard to predict, but a few senior officials have floated that idea, perhaps to test the response. I think that's why an unambiguous response is important. If you look at the track record of how other dual nationals the Chinese government wants to control have been treated, t

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  It's difficult to have numbers or lists. These are decisions people are making very quickly, under duress and often with discretion. I can share with you that we have encouraged people we know who are seeking shelter to contact a set of governments that we believe will mobilize q

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson

Canada-China Relations committee  On many levels, I can't improve on what Alex has just offered up, but I think there is a real moment of momentum here that Canada could really seize upon and many other governments would come along with. If you look at, for example, the constituency of governments who've been out

August 11th, 2020Committee meeting

Sophie Richardson