Canadian couple detained by China safe but closely watched, says son

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onebookend wrote:

“It seems so surreal and kind of crazy, like where did this come from?” Its always like this, Chinese are crazy, Americans are crazy,
and a whole lot of others are too. Certainly not the couple who went to the end of the earth to open a coffee shop. Naive, innocent adventurers right overlooking North Korea, from around where so many people are arrested by North Koreans for right or wrong reasons. “The investigation into the Garratts comes a week after Canada took the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network, lodging a diplomatic protest with Beijing.” Instead of going by what the Chinese government states, its always treated as cheap foolish retaliation. Similarly, adding irrelevant information shows poor journalism, “China is Canada’s second most important trading partner after the United States, and bilateral trade is growing. Total Canada-China trade was C$69.8 billion ($64 billion) in 2012 and C$72.9 billion in 2013, according to official Canadian data.” Does this mean that Canada can and possibly will retaliate. I don’t think so. “It is unusual for foreigners to be charged with violating China’s state secrets law – a serious crime that is punishable by life in prison or death in the most severe cases.” There should be nothing unusual if the laws are broken. As reported in this write up, “In July, Chinese prosecutors charged British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey and his American wife Yu Yingzeng with illegally obtaining private information.
The couple were detained last year following work they did for the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline and their trial is set for Aug. 8 in Shanghai.” In other words the law will take its course. For diplomatic mutuality, convenience governments do take certain positions and decisions. In my opinion this article introduces non essential, unrelated, superfluous, diversionary material to fill up space.

Aug 06, 2014 2:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
onebookend wrote:

Its been over an hour, and this is no longer your head line, I don’t see my comment. I am new to commenting on your site, though yours is the very first site I go to for news, most times. Wondering how long, usually, it takes you to process comments?

Aug 06, 2014 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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