• Chinese scientist pleads guilty in plot to steal GSK secrets

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Chinese scientist has pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal biopharmaceutical trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline in what prosecutors said was a scheme to set up companies in China to market them.

    Tao Li pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a single conspiracy count. The change of plea comes two weeks after Yu Xue, a high-ranking researcher who worked at GlaxoSmithKline's suburban Philadelphia research facility, also pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

    Prosecutors say Xue emailed various documents that were confidential and contained trade secrets to Li and others, who had set up a company called Renopharma in China to sell and market the research.

    An attorney for Li did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Friday.

    Three others have been charged in the alleged scheme.

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