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China probes Canadian Christian couple for alleged spying

Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:19 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - China is investigating two Canadian Christian activists for alleged espionage, state media and their son said Tuesday, a week after Ottawa accused Beijing of cyber-spying.

Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt "are under investigation for suspected theft of state secrets about China's military and national defence research," the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The two run Peter's Coffee House, a coffee shop in Dandong, on the border with North Korea, their son Simeon told AFP.

Pictures of the cafe, which overlooks the Yalu river and the Friendship Bridge linking the two countries, show the "T" in its name is in the shape of a crucifix, with a backdrop resembling a stained-glass window.

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