Think of Germany and it isn't long before visions of bustling business districts and thriving manufacturing plants spring to mind.
It isn't surprising: it's these industries that have elevated the country to rank among the world's leading economies. But increasingly they have also become the subject of political power play with one of Germany's biggest competitors – China.
A bonanza year of Chinese takeover bids in 2016, of which Germany was the primary target, brought China's seemingly insatiable appetite for foreign firms starkly into focus, and prompted regulators to take note. New restrictions were rolled out in Germany in the interests of "national security", allowing ministers further scope to investigate buyouts deemed endangering to critical industries, such as technology and infrastructure. Meanwhile China, in a bid to keep its devaluing renminbi afloat, introduced controls to limit capital outflows.