Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in the Czech Republic for a visit designed to boost economic and political ties.

Xi's arrival Monday is a result of a current more pragmatic and business-oriented Czech approach to China than under the late President Vaclav Havel when the country was a champion of human rights.

President Milos Zeman visited Beijing last year as the only EU leader to attend the celebrations of the end of World War II.

During his three -day trip, Xi is scheduled to meet Czech leaders and sign an agreement on strategic partnership. Business deals and memorandums are expected also to be struck in connection with his visit.

Prague is the only stop in Europe for Xi, who is on his way to the United States.