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BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is carefully watching the interest of Chinese businesses in taking over companies in Germany, an Economy Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
The spokeswoman declined to comment on a report in German business daily Handelsblatt that potential buyers of shares in lighting group Osram had been in contact with Siemens (SIEGn.DE), which holds a stake in Osram.
But she added: "We are carefully watching the overall situation, especially concerning takeovers from China."
Reporting by Paul Carrel and Michael Nienaber