Spying case heightens China-Canada tensions, reflects split in Ottawa

August 6, 2014 7:55 AM

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Spying case heightens China-Canada tensions, reflects split in Ottawa

OTTAWA (Reuters) - China's decision to investigate two Canadians for suspected spying highlights a sharp and unexpected deterioration in bilateral ties just months ahead of a trip by Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Beijing.

The detention of the couple, long-time residents in China who ran a coffee shop on the border with North Korea, could also make life tougher for the small group of Canadian government ministers who favor closer economic links with Beijing.

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