【英语中国】两位加拿大公民涉嫌窃密被中国调查 Beijing investigates two Canadians on spying allegations

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2014-8-6 07:21

小艾摘要: Two Canadian citizens who ran a coffee shop on China’s border with NorthKorea are being investigated on suspicion of stealing state secrets,according to China’s official Xinhua news service.Kevin an ...
Beijing investigates two Canadians on spying allegations
Two Canadian citizens who ran a coffee shop on China’s border with North

Korea are being investigated on suspicion of stealing state secrets,

according to China’s official Xinhua news service.

Kevin and Julie Dawn Garratt had been living in China since

1984 and had opened Peter’s Coffee House in Dandong in 2008. The

Garratts’ coffee shop was one of few western establishments in the city

and overlooked the Friendship bridge across the Yalu river from China to

North Korea, where Chinese military traffic frequently travels back and

forth across the border.

The Chinese investigation appeared to be a tit-for-tat response

to an announcement by the Canadian government last week that it had

been the victim of a Chinese cyber attack.

“I’m guessing that this might be retaliation for the Canadian

claim that Chinese state actors broke into Canadian computer systems,”

said Shi Yinhong, director of the Centre of American Studies at

Beijing’s Renmin University. “These mutual accusations of spying paint

an ugly shadow on the picture of bilateral relations.”

Wang Junsheng, of the Institute of International Relations at

the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, suggested the move

might be intended to show that China was also a victim of espionage.

“The western world has been frequently accusing China of

hacking and spying recently,” he said. “We may guess that this is

China’s way of reminding people that there is a lot of penetration into

China as well.”

Canada’s government alleged last week that its National

Research Council had been hacked by “a highly sophisticated Chinese

state-sponsored actor”.

China dismissed the claim and said the accusation was “irresponsible”.

Canada’s embassy in Beijing said

yesterday it was aware of reports that two of its citizens had been

“placed under investigation” and that it was still gathering information

about the case.

The Xinhua report did not say whether the couple had been

detained but their 27-year-old son Simeon, who lives in Vancouver, told

the BBC that he had not been able to contact his parents since Monday

night.

“They were going to dinner with a couple of friends, and some

time between dinner and later that night their phones were turned off

and no one has really heard from them [since],” he said.

Mr Garratt said the accusation of espionage was “a joke”, adding: “I thought it was absurd. It makes absolutely no sense.”

The location of the Garratts’ coffee shop on such a sensitive

border crossing may have raised eyebrows at China’s state security

bureau. However, the coffee shop’s website says it is metres from the

Friendship Bridge and the “perfect stop-off while en route to or

returning from the Hermit Kingdom”.

据中国官方的新华社(Xinhua)报道,两名在中国与朝鲜边境附近经营咖啡店的加拿大公民因涉嫌窃取国家机密而受到调查。

凯文?高(Kevin Garratt)和朱莉亚(Julia Dawn Garratt)从1984年起长期居住在中国,并于2008年在丹东开设了彼得咖啡室(Peter’s Coffee House)。两人的咖啡店是西方人在丹东开设的为数不多的店铺之一,从咖啡店可以看到横跨鸭绿江的中朝友谊桥。

加拿大政府上周宣布,该国成为中国网络攻击的受害者。中国的调查似乎是对此事的报复回应。

“我猜,这可能是对加拿大指控的报复,加方指控中国政府的人员侵入加拿大计算机系统,”中国人民大学美国研究中心主任时殷弘表示,“这种相互的间谍指控给双边关系投下了丑陋的阴影。”

中国社科院(CASS)亚洲太平洋研究所的王俊生认为,此举可能旨在表明中国也是间谍行为的受害者。

“西方世界最近多次指控中国进行网络黑客攻击并从事间谍行为,”他表示,“我们猜测,中国可能是通过这种方式提醒人们,中国也面临很多渗透。”

加拿大政府上周指控,加拿大国家研究委员会(National Research Council)的计算机系统遭到“一名极其老练的得到中国政府支持的行动者”的黑客攻击。

中国否认这一指控,并称其是“不负责任”的。

加拿大驻华使馆昨日表示,已知晓有关两名加拿大公民“接受调查”的报道,正在收集有关此案的信息。

新华社的报道没有透露这对夫妇是否被拘留,但二人住在温哥华的27岁儿子西梅昂(Simeon)告诉英国广播公司(BBC),从周一夜间开始,他就无法联络到父母了。

他表示:“他们当时是要和几个朋友吃饭,在晚饭至当晚的晚些时候之间的某个时候,他们的手机关机,之后就没有人听到他们的音讯。”

西梅昂表示,间谍指控是“一个玩笑”,他补充称:“我认为这很荒唐。这绝对毫无道理。”

夫妇二人的咖啡店位于非常敏感的中朝边境,这可能让中国的国家安全部门产生怀疑。然而,这家咖啡店的网站称,咖啡店距离友谊桥仅有数米之遥,“是来往隐士王国(Hermit Kingdom,指朝鲜——译者注)的绝佳停留地”。

译者/梁艳裳

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