China piled pressure on Botswana over a scheduled visit to the southern African country by the Dalai Lama, who it considers a dissident separatist threat.

Botswana's President Ian Khama announced on Wednesday he would meet the Tibetan spiritual leader during his visit to the country next month, prompting a stern response from Beijing.

China has deployed troops to its first overseas naval base in Djibouti.

Photo DR: West Africa's fight to keep bad medicine off shelves

Africa's fight to keep bad medicine off shelves. Counterfeited drugs from China and India are awash in west African markets.

The SGR system, the biggest infrastructure project in Kenya since independence, is built by the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation.

East Africa's smallest country Djibouti took a step towards realising its dream of becoming a continental maritime cargo hub.

China opened its Silk Road summit Sunday to showcase its ambitious plans to revive ancient trade routes from Asia to Europe and Africa.

Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested.

The journey is the latest effort in China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day "Silk Road" route.

The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved 13 new prospective members including two African countries.

Morocco and China's Haite Group signed an agreement to launch an industrial park near Tangiers.