A Chinese report says a Canadian arrested in China two years ago on suspicion of stealing state secrets has been charged.

The official Xinhua News Agency says Kevin Garratt has been indicted in Dandong city, Liaoning Province, which neighbors North Korea.

Xinhua says Chinese authorities found evidence which implicates Garratt in accepting tasks from Canadian espionage agencies to gather intelligence in China.

Garratt and his wife, Julie, were arrested in August 2014 by the state security bureau.

Simeon Garret has said his parents ran a coffee shop and did Christian aid work for North Koreans and said there must have been a mistake.

The Canadian government did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.