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U.S. frightened, asks Germany not to sell company to China

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Staff Writer | October 26, 2016
U.S. intelligence services warned Berlin that a now on-hold Chinese takeover of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron could give Beijing access to technology that could be used for military purposes, business daily Handelsblatt said.
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The German economy ministry said on Monday it had withdrawn its approval for Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) to buy the Aachen-based firm for 670 million euros ($732 million), citing previously unknown security-related information.

The ministry declined to comment further in light of the Handelsblatt report on Wednesday.

Aixtron shares dropped 6.5 percent to a five-month low OF 4.83 euros by 0705 ET, well below the 6 euros per share that FGC had offered shareholders for their stock.

The newspaper, citing German intelligence sources, said U.S. authorities had shown representatives of German ministries evidence last Friday, at a meeting at the U.S. embassy in Berlin, although they refused to hand it over.