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China to US: Avoid politics in purchase of Germany's Aixtron

BEIJING, China – China is appealing to Washington to avoid injecting politics into the proposed takeover of German tech company Aixtron following a report President Obama plans to oppose it as a security risk.

A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Friday the proposed acquisition by Fujian Grand Chip, a semiconductor maker, is a “normal business activity.” He appealed to other governments not to “make any political intervention.”

Bloomberg news reported Obama was preparing to veto the 670 million euro ($740 million) purchase.

The German newspaper Handelsblatt reported earlier that Germany was warned by U.S. intelligence that Aixtron’s technology could be used for military purposes.