Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel

Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel
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Germany fears a "dangerous dependence" on China if Beijing-based firm BAIC is allowed to take over troubled General Motors subsidiary Opel, according to a government report cited by the media on Monday.

“The Chinese government clearly wants to gain access to modern technology,” said mass circulation daily Bild, quoting Berlin’s assessment.

There is a danger that the German carmaker “could become dangerously dependent on the Chinese state,” the report added.

BAIC is battling the Russian-backed Canadian firm Magna and US-Belgian investment group RHJ International for Opel.

Magna is the preferred investor of the German government and of GM, but the other two bidders have improved their offers in recent days, seemingly throwing the race wide open again.

Late in May, Magna and GM signed a letter of intent concerning Opel under the aegis of the German government, which is to provide substantial financial support for the deal, but talks have occasionally stumbled since then.

The deal was supposed to have been tied up by mid-July but this is now likely to be pushed back, according to economy ministry sources.

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