"I cannot give you any further information," Foreign Office’s spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli told RIA Novosti. "At the moment, I can neither confirm nor deny it."
This comes just a day before Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is expected to come to China on a five-day visit. He is reportedly due to meet with Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, on Tuesday. 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.