What passes for the state security apparatus in China is now holding a Canadian couple for stealing state secrets about national defence and the military”. The couple in question are running a coffee shop in Dandong (Peter’s Coffee House), right on the border with North Korea.
Apparently they host an English table every Friday and have entertainment – as well as steal state secrets.
Their customers seem to agree that Peter’s Coffee House has the tastiest secrets in the region:
“We stopped in to Peter’s Coffee House while on a walk along the Yalu River, to grab a bite for lunch, and were pleasantly surprised. The owner and his staff were all friendly and helpful, and the food was great.”
The owners of the secret coffee house – Kevin and Julia Garratt – are baffled by the Chinese security service’s claims and, according to their son, the charges are “absurd” and made “absolutely no sense”. A good Reuter’s article on this is here.
Why am I not surprised?