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Updated: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 20:40:28 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Canadians investigated in China for stealing state secrets, Chinese state media report



A Chinese soldier in plain clothes stands guard behind an entrance of the Great Hall of the People. Chinese state media reports that two Canadian nationals are under investigation in China for stealing state secrets. Jason Lee/Reuters

A Chinese soldier in plain clothes stands guard behind an entrance of the Great Hall of the People. Chinese state media reports that two Canadian nationals are under investigation in China for stealing state secrets. Jason Lee/Reuters

Chinese media say two Canadian nationals are being investigated for suspected theft of state secrets.

The allegations relate to China's military and defence research, but the reports gave no other details.

The suspects are identified in Chinese state media as Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Department said it's aware of reports two Canadians have been detained in China and is trying get more information. The department said consular officials are ready to provide assistance.

Last week, Canada blamed Chinese hackers for infiltrating computers at the National Research Council of Canada, something the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa denied.

A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the minister took up the matter with Chinese officials in Beijing during his visit to Asia.

"We are aware of reports that two Canadians have been detained in China. We are gathering information and monitoring developments closely," the statement said. "To protect the private and personal information of the individuals concerned, further details on this case cannot be released."

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