Xi Jinping signs 30 business deals during visit to Prague

Chinese President Xi Jinping wraps up visit to Prague with deals worth almost $4 billion in Chinese investment

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Chinese president Xi Jinping waits before signing a bilateral treaty of strategic partnership with the Czech Republic at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has wrapped up his trip to the Czech Republic by overseeing the signing of 30 business deals that could bring almost $4 billion of Chinese investment.

The deals were inked on Thursday, a day after Xi signed a strategic partnership with the country that was once a critic of China's human rights record.

Xi's visit is a result of a more business-oriented Czech approach to China than the one that prevailed under the late President Vaclav Havel, a prominent proponent of human rights.

The deals focus on tourism, banking, energy and car making.

His three-day visit prompted a number of protests. Prague archbishop Dominik Duka called on Xi to respect human rights in China during a gala dinner at the Prague Castle.

TRTWorld, AP