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Chinese president to plant tree during his 49-hour Czech visit

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Prague, March 23 (CTK) – Chinese President Xi Jinping will plant a tree near the presidential chateau in Lany and visit the Strahov Monastery in Prague during his forthcoming visit to the Czech Republic that is to last 49 hours, according to its programme the Presidential Office released to CTK on Wednesday.

Xi Jinping, the first Chinese president to visit the Czech Republic, will land at the Prague airport at about 14:00 on Monday, March 28.

The Chinese delegation will then meet Czech President Milos Zeman at the Lany chateau, west of Prague, where the two presidents will together plant a tree and unveil a commemorative plaque.

The official programme on Tuesday will start with the reception of Xi Jinping at Prague Castle with military honours exceptionally including a ceremonial volley.

A private meeting of the two presidents will follow and the signing of documents by representatives of China and the Czech Republic.

A press conference is scheduled for noon.

On Tuesday, Xi Jinping will have a series of separate meetings with Czech Senate chairman Milan Stech, Chamber of Deputies chairman Jan Hamacek, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (all Social Democrats, CSSD) and Prague Mayor Adriana Krnacova (ANO).

On Tuesday evening, an official dinner will be held that is also to be attended by former Czech president Vaclav Klaus and Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka.

On Wednesday morning, Xi Jinping will meet businesspeople and investors in the Zofin Palace and tour the Strahov Monastery in Prague.

His departure from the Czech Republic is scheduled for 15:00.

The programme can still change, the Presidential Office’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek said.

The Czech Republic is reportedly the only European country Xi Jinping will visit on his way to the USA.

It ensues from previous information that a number of bilateral memoranda are to be signed during his visit, including those on cooperation in health care and the finance and trade areas.

The biggest emphasis has been placed on a planned joint declaration of Czech-China strategic partnership.

Zeman recently said he expects the visit to result in Chinese investments worth 45 billion crowns and about 20 business contracts.

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