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International relations

Chinese M&A deals face wall as US and Europe guard tech

International framework including Japan seeks tighter scrutiny of acquisitions

Chinese acquisitions of high-tech companies are raising concerns about potential threats to national security.   © Reuters

TOKYO/BRUSSELS/SHANGHAI -- The U.S., European and Japanese governments are intensifying their scrutiny of Chinese mergers and acquisitions, which are becoming a tool for the Asian superpower to acquire key technologies.

They fear that allowing acquisitions of domestic companies that own cutting-edge technologies could impact the race for technological supremacy, as well as national security.

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