Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the latest leg of a several-country visit to Europe.

Xi was expected to oversee the signing of several business agreements during Friday's visit to Berlin.

China and Germany are two of the world's leading exporters, and they had a total trade volume last year of 140.4 billion euros ($193 billion) — making China Germany's third-biggest trade partner.

The Chinese president will also speak about his country's role in global affairs to a German think-tank.

Xi started his visit to Berlin by meeting German President Joachim Gauck. Gauck, a one-time East German pro-democracy activist, urged China to continue toward "a legal system in which no one stands above the law," according to comments released by his office.