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Updated: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:58:58 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt's son trying to contact his parents



Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt, shown here flanked by their son Peter and daughter Hannah, are being investigated by Chinese authorities for allegedly stealing state secrets. The Canadian couple own a coffeeshop in Dandong, a Chinese city that sits adjacent to the North Korean border. Simeon Garratt

Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt, shown here flanked by their son Peter and daughter Hannah, are being investigated by Chinese authorities for allegedly stealing state secrets. The Canadian couple own a coffeeshop in Dandong, a Chinese city that sits adjacent to the North Korean border. Simeon Garratt

Earlier this week, 21-year-old Peter Garratt learned that his parents, Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt, had been detained by Chinese authorities and are currently under investigation for theft of state secrets.

As daily life in Dandong – a city that borders North Korea and is home to a coffee shop the Garratt’s opened several years ago – continues as usual, Peter and his siblings have been forced to try to piece together the bizarre tale of how their parents wound up in such a precarious position.

The CBC’s Andrew Lee spoke with Peter Garratt on Wednesday about how his parents are doing, and what’s next for the family struggling to navigate China's enigmatic state legal system. 

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