U.S. warned Berlin on China-Aixtron deal: Handelsblatt

The logo of Aixtron SE is pictured on the roof of the German chip equipment maker's headquarters in HerzogenrathFRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence services told Germany that a proposed Chinese takeover of semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker Aixtron could give Beijing access to technology that could be used for military purposes, the Handelsblatt newspaper said on Wednesday. The German economy ministry said on Monday that pending a review it had withdrawn its approval for Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund (FGC) to buy the Aachen-based firm for 670 million euros ($732 million), citing previously unknown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. Aixtron said it had so far not received any questions from the ministry related to the review.

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