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30 deals signed during Chinese president's visit to Prague

  • 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. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    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. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he boards the plane at the airport to leave after his visit in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he boards the plane at the airport to leave after his visit in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman, right, clink glasses of beer on the terrace of the Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Xi Jinping leaves Czech Republic this afternoon. (Rene Fluger/CTK via AP) SLOVAKIA OUT

    Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman, right, clink glasses of beer on the terrace of the Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Xi Jinping leaves Czech Republic this afternoon. (Rene Fluger/CTK via AP) SLOVAKIA OUT  (The Associated Press)

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 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.