BERLIN (AP) -- Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.
The two companies issued a statement Wednesday saying they will decide by Monday whether to pitch a proposal to Alstom's board.
Mitsubishi CEO Shunishi Miyanaga says his firm can "substantially contribute to a partnership solution for Alstom which will create value for all parties involved, including the country of France."
Alstom has favored a $17 billion bid from U.S. company General Electric, but the French government has been resistant to the deal and sought rival offers.
Alstom's board is to make a decision by June 23.