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    China's Foreign Ministry disproved on Tuesday information that Germany's second highest diplomat in China had been summoned to the ministry ahead of German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's visit to this Asian nation.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) — On Monday, German media reported that a German embassy envoy was summoned to the Chinese Foreign Ministry in protest over Berlin's alleged efforts on hampering the Chinese investors in Germany. Berlin neither confirmed nor denied the data.

    "I do not know where you got this information. It is not true, as far as I know… Though, I can tell you that this is a normal thing for Chinese and German diplomatic missions to be at a constant contact and hold consultations on the bilateral relations and to look for solutions over corresponding issues. This is a common practice," Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing.

    This comes on a day, when Vice-Chancellor Gabriel is expected to come to China on a five-day visit. He is due to meet with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Gabriel, who is also Germany’s economy minister, will head a delegation of up to 60 business executives.

    In an op-ed, published in Die Welt last Saturday, Gabriel accused Germany's key eastern trade partner of playing foul. He said China was limiting European investment and takeovers of Chinese businesses, while at the same time trying to buy hi-tech firms in Europe that worked on strategically important technologies.

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