The growing emphasis on Xi is fuelling concerns – even in the Communist Party – that China is now falling back towards a Mao-type personality cult.
But the continent does not speak with one voice when meeting and dealing with the Asian giant.
Countries are trade partners with a shared goal of challenging US hegemony, but disputes and competing interests make the relationship more complex.
The Tibetan spiritual leader says Chinese President Xi Jinping was ready to discuss autonomy, but hardliners in the government were preventing this.
China is holding a day of remembrance, the first of its kind, for the thousands of people killed during the Nanjing massacre in 1937.
Zuma says China and SA relate to each other like brothers and sisters, unlike in Europe where African countries are treated as "a former subject".
President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping tightening of controls as part of a broader campaign against anyone seen challenging the ruling party.
The world's 20 major economies have agreed to a plan aimed at pushing their combined growth beyond the 2% they were initially targeting.
Leaders of China and Japan begin breakthrough talks over regional rivalry and territorial issues that have kept both nations in dispute for years.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe appears to have achieved his goal of extracting more cash from China.
North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast, defying a UN ban on the isolated country testing such weapons.
Economic co-operation meeting fizzles as air space dispute dominates Biden’s trip to China.
The country's leader seems set on implementing new ways of doing things — but at his own pace.
Chinese economic reforms, including allowing only-child parents to have more than one child, are poised to inject growth into much of the economy.
US President Barack Obama confronted Chinese President Xi Jinping over allegations of cyber theft, but they agreed on reining in North Korea.
The M&G can reveal that China's relationship with its smaller Brics cousin has just become a lot more cosy, with a rural residence for its president.
China and South Africa have strengthened relations after signing a raft of agreements in Pretoria ahead of the fifth Brics summit.