China is suspected of hiring scientists to spy and steal unpatented research from Swedish universities, Swedish public radio reported on Monday. Quoting an unnamed detective within Sweden's security service, Säpo, radio news program Ekot reported that guest scientists from China were suspected of stealing unpublished and unpatented research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The Chinese state is suspected of orchestrating the espionage, according to Ekot. "Guest researchers (can) have assignments besides their guest research assignment: to come across information coveted in their home country," another Säpo inspector, Nils Kaerrlander, told Ekot, speaking of research espionage in general. "There are also countries that would not hesitate to put pressure on guest researchers, who may have come here with no other ambition but to complete their research assignment," he added. One of the reporters who produced the story, Bo Goeran Bodin, claimed that the detective had informed her superiors that she told Ekot about the suspicions against China.