China denounced as "absurd" a report by French newspaper Le Monde alleging that Beijing has been spying on the continental body.

The two countries agreed to form a "strategic partnership" as Guelleh held talks with Xi at the imposing Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The "One Belt, One Road" initiative envisages linking China with Africa, Asia and Europe through a network of ports, railways, roads and industrial parks.

Nigeria's government urged militants not to resume attacks on pipelines in the country's oil-rich south but to give peace talks another chance.

China has officially opened its first overseas naval base in Djibouti. A major step for the country's expansion of its military presence abroad.

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

China's newest military transport plane entered service extending Beijing's ability to deploy its fighting forces around the world.

The chief of the UN mission in Mali promised extra support for personnel at a tribute ceremony for the first Chinese peacekeeper killed in Mali.

West Africa should "think harder" about developing a new anti-terror force, a top regional official said.

A Chinese peacekeeper and three civilians working for the UN's Mali mission have become the latest casualties of the troubled outfit.