OTTAWA — The Canadian government appeared tongue-tied Tuesday by China's claim that a Canadian couple is suspected of stealing Chinese military research secrets.
China's foreign ministry said Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt are under investigation for espionage, one week after the Harper government accused China of hacking into the computers of Canada's research arm, the National Research Council.
Canada's rare criticism of the Chinese last week sparked a strong rebuke from the Chinese Embassy in Canada, which called the accusations "neither professional nor responsible."
This week, the Canadian government hasn't commented on the arrest of two Canadians who run a coffee shop along the China/North Korea border and who have lived in China for 30 years.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird didn't release a statement Tuesday and neither did the Prime Minister's Office.