Feds likely in the dark on family accused of spying in China: Expert

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John Baird. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

OTTAWA — For a second day, the prime minister and the Foreign Affairs minister maintained radio silence on the two Canadians suspected of espionage in China.

While opposition politicians suggested the tensions between China and Canada are due to diplomatic failures by the Conservative government, analysts warned that provoking the Chinese could further endanger the security and fate of the detained couple.

Christian Leuprecht, national security expert with the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University, said the Canadian government is right to be cautious.

Kevin and Julia Garratt, accused of stealing Chinese military secrets, are evangelical Christians who moved to China 30 years ago.

Most recently they owned a successful coffee shop in the town of Dandong, on the North Korean border, where they reportedly sent food and aid into North Korea.


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