2 Canadians investigated for stealing state secrets in China

Chinese authorities are investigating two Canadians citizens on suspicion of stealing state secrets about China's military and national defence research, state media said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said in a one-paragraph report late Monday that Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt were being investigated by the state security bureau in China's northeastern city of Dandong that borders North Korea. Xinhua did not provide further details. The offence of stealing state secrets is a serious crime in China.

The Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail said the Garratts are a Vancouver couple who have lived in China since 1984 and have run a popular coffee shop in Dandong since 2008.

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  1. al posted on 08/05/2014 08:37 AM
    They are Canadian citizens and they lived in China for 30 years and they still say they are from Vancouver? And ran a 6 year coffee shop..Are we the taxpayer going to bail them out? We should consider 30 years of not paying provincial & canadian taxes and then of course they will get the Canada pension since they are such good tax payers.
    Maybe there is something to this stealing bit.
    1. Drew posted on 08/05/2014 11:52 AM
      @al Maybe they were stealing secrets about Walmart
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