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Chinese national indicted in U.S. on economic espionage charges -Justice Dept

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - A Chinese national who worked for Monsanto before it was purchased by Bayer AG was indicted on Thursday on charges of stealing trade secrets, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Haitao Xiang, 42, who was employed by Monsanto from 2008 to 2017, was stopped by federal officials at a U.S. airport before he could board a flight to China carrying proprietary farming software, the department said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)