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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Merkel in Germany on latest leg of European tour

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping stands in front of a Chinese flag as he welcomes guests for the official lunch during his visit at the German President's resident Bellevue palace in Berlin, GermanyFriday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    German President Joachim Gauck, left, welcomes the President of China Xi Jinping, right, with military honors for a meeting at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (The Associated Press)

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    German President Joachim Gauck, left, his partner Daniela Schadt, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, 2. from left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, 2. from right, arrive to welcomes guests prior to the official lunch during their visit at German President's resident Bellevue palace in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    German President Joachim Gauck, left, and President of China, Xi Jinping, right, attend a military welcome ceremony prior to a meeting at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (The Associated Press)

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.