Chinese scientists accused of trying to steal US seed samples

from Two agricultural scientists from China
have been accused of conspiring to take seeds from a research facility
in Kansas and pass them to a Chinese delegation visiting the United States.

a detention hearing in Arkansas on Friday, a judge ordered one of the
scientists, Wengui Yan, to remain in custody. The other scientist,
Weiqiang Zhang, is set to have a hearing on Tuesday in Kansas.

and Zhang are charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets.
Prosecutors say the pair arranged for a Chinese delegation to visit the
US this year and that customs agents later found stolen seeds in the
delegation’s luggage as it was preparing to return to China.

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