Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.
Kristin Huang
Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.

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China’s goal of a quantum leap in defence technology makes waves at the Pentagon

Report by the US Department of Defence assesses China’s hi-tech ambitions, and for Beijing, ascendancy as a military power by 2050 is the goal that rattles Washington.

12 May 2019 - 10:00PM

Report by the US Department of Defence assesses China’s hi-tech ambitions, and for Beijing, ascendancy as a military power by 2050 is the goal that rattles Washington.

China’s goal of a quantum leap in defence technology makes waves at the Pentagon
Experts doubt China’s ability to launch assault on Taiwan

US report outlines potential military options Beijing may be considering but does China have the capability for an amphibious landing?

12 May 2019 - 11:28PM

US report outlines potential military options Beijing may be considering but does China have the capability for an amphibious landing?

Experts doubt China’s ability to launch assault on Taiwan
US-China AI race to develop killer robots risks catastrophe, warn peace campaigners

Dutch-based peace group Pax warns in report that military use of artificial intelligence could leave algorithms with power of life or death.

10 May 2019 - 1:34PM

Dutch-based peace group Pax warns in report that military use of artificial intelligence could leave algorithms with power of life or death.

US-China AI race to develop killer robots risks catastrophe, warn peace campaigners
China fires up drills near Taiwan Strait in test of combat strength

Military exercises this week meant to foster image that Beijing can win a war over the island, analyst says.

6 May 2019 - 10:17PM

Military exercises this week meant to foster image that Beijing can win a war over the island, analyst says.

China fires up drills near Taiwan Strait in test of combat strength
Will China’s embrace of military AI trigger a new arms race?

Beijing is moving quickly to close the technology gap with the US, but China’s neighbours may also try to catch up as a consequence.

4 May 2019 - 11:31PM

Beijing is moving quickly to close the technology gap with the US, but China’s neighbours may also try to catch up as a consequence.

Will China’s embrace of military AI trigger a new arms race?
Venezuela sends in China-built ‘Rhinoceros’ vehicles to quell anti-government protests

Military equipment part of a range that Beijing has sold to Caracas, its biggest Latin American customer.

4 May 2019 - 1:01PM

Military equipment part of a range that Beijing has sold to Caracas, its biggest Latin American customer.

Venezuela sends in China-built ‘Rhinoceros’ vehicles to quell anti-government protests
Taiwanese pilot ‘mistakenly fired decoy projectile’ in encounter with PLA warplane

It’s not known when or where the incident happened, but source tells local newspaper the ‘defensive act did not lead to an exchange of fire’.

1 May 2019 - 1:54AM

It’s not known when or where the incident happened, but source tells local newspaper the ‘defensive act did not lead to an exchange of fire’.

Taiwanese pilot ‘mistakenly fired decoy projectile’ in encounter with PLA warplane
Chinese embassy in Paris warns tourists to beware the beautiful bandit … and other sneak thieves

Notice says holidaymaker found his wallet and mobile phone missing after being asked for directions by an attractive woman on the Champs-Élysées.

28 Apr 2019 - 6:26AM

Notice says holidaymaker found his wallet and mobile phone missing after being asked for directions by an attractive woman on the Champs-Élysées.

Chinese embassy in Paris warns tourists to beware the beautiful bandit … and other sneak thieves
Senior Chinese officials give Taiwanese politician Han Kuo-yu the red carpet treatment on ‘non-political’ tour of mainland

Possible KMT presidential candidate insists his visit is not intended to be political, but he has been welcomed by the head of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office

25 Mar 2019 - 6:47PM

Possible KMT presidential candidate insists his visit is not intended to be political, but he has been welcomed by the head of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office

Senior Chinese officials give Taiwanese politician Han Kuo-yu the red carpet treatment on ‘non-political’ tour of mainland
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang seeks to assure EU it won’t undermine it as price for ending US trade war

Olive branch from Beijing follows increasing concern in Europe that China is a ‘strategic rival’ that may undermine its interests.

17 Mar 2019 - 2:42PM

Olive branch from Beijing follows increasing concern in Europe that China is a ‘strategic rival’ that may undermine its interests.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang seeks to assure EU it won’t undermine it as price for ending US trade war
China steps up efforts to develop military technology to challenge US dominance

Country is pumping more resources into developing equipment ranging from better guns to state-of-the-art warplanes, according to armaments specialists.

15 Mar 2019 - 5:02AM

Country is pumping more resources into developing equipment ranging from better guns to state-of-the-art warplanes, according to armaments specialists.

China steps up efforts to develop military technology to challenge US dominance
Taiwan can’t resist historic trend towards unification, says head of Chinese cross-strait group

Zhang Zhijun, head of the semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, says mainland’s growing strength means it will inevitably achieve its goal.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:54AM

Zhang Zhijun, head of the semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, says mainland’s growing strength means it will inevitably achieve its goal.

Taiwan can’t resist historic trend towards unification, says head of Chinese cross-strait group
Beijing will increase pressure on Taiwan if it rejects one-China principle, warns government adviser

President Tsai Ing-wen is ‘delusional’ and is leading the island down a dead end, says Beijing adviser on cross-strait issues.

13 Mar 2019 - 9:59AM

President Tsai Ing-wen is ‘delusional’ and is leading the island down a dead end, says Beijing adviser on cross-strait issues.

Beijing will increase pressure on Taiwan if it rejects one-China principle, warns government adviser
Tied up in red tape, Chinese scientists seek bigger say over research funding

Researchers say they spend so much time on grant applications that they get no time to do science.

10 Mar 2019 - 12:21AM

Researchers say they spend so much time on grant applications that they get no time to do science.

Tied up in red tape, Chinese scientists seek bigger say over research funding
China will not buckle in face of belt and road criticism, says Foreign Minister Wang Yi

State Councillor dismisses criticism that project is a ‘debt trap’ for smaller countries and seeks to allay growing international concerns.

9 Mar 2019 - 12:38AM

State Councillor dismisses criticism that project is a ‘debt trap’ for smaller countries and seeks to allay growing international concerns.

China will not buckle in face of belt and road criticism, says Foreign Minister Wang Yi
US-China trade war suspicions have had chilling effect on Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan

Once a call to return home to thousands of Chinese overseas, scheme is overshadowed by mistrust as conflicts over tariffs and politics poison well of goodwill and opportunity.

7 Mar 2019 - 1:09PM

Once a call to return home to thousands of Chinese overseas, scheme is overshadowed by mistrust as conflicts over tariffs and politics poison well of goodwill and opportunity.

US-China trade war suspicions have had chilling effect on Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan
China shuts Turkey consulate in wake of Uygur row

Izmir mission closed down for ‘efficiency’ shortly after war of words between Beijing and Ankara over treatment of Muslim minority population in Xinjiang.

2 Mar 2019 - 5:01AM

Izmir mission closed down for ‘efficiency’ shortly after war of words between Beijing and Ankara over treatment of Muslim minority population in Xinjiang.

China shuts Turkey consulate in wake of Uygur row
China’s military pulls back from joint war games to focus on training at home

But analysts say Beijing will continue military diplomacy efforts to gain intelligence insights as it seeks to expand influence.

24 Feb 2019 - 11:20PM

But analysts say Beijing will continue military diplomacy efforts to gain intelligence insights as it seeks to expand influence.

China’s military pulls back from joint war games to focus on training at home
Chinese military institute puts focus on ‘urgent needs’ of frontline troops

Researchers will also step up cooperation with ‘civilian bodies’, especially in areas such as telecoms and logistics support, according to PLA newspaper.

18 Feb 2019 - 11:45PM

Researchers will also step up cooperation with ‘civilian bodies’, especially in areas such as telecoms and logistics support, according to PLA newspaper.

Chinese military institute puts focus on ‘urgent needs’ of frontline troops
Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

The growing US-China naval arms race is putting pressure on Beijing to reconsider its long-standing nuclear policy, analysts say.

7 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM

The growing US-China naval arms race is putting pressure on Beijing to reconsider its long-standing nuclear policy, analysts say.

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?
China and US upbeat on progress after Washington trade talks

Beijing hails ‘frank, concrete, and constructive discussions’ following Vice-Premier Liu He’s visit, as Donald Trump also welcomes ‘tremendous progress’.

1 Feb 2019 - 11:23PM

Beijing hails ‘frank, concrete, and constructive discussions’ following Vice-Premier Liu He’s visit, as Donald Trump also welcomes ‘tremendous progress’.

China and US upbeat on progress after Washington trade talks
China may ‘push forward’ Afghanistan peace process to protect Belt and Road interests

Analysts say pull-out of US troops raises stakes for Beijing, which worries instability in war-torn neighbouring country could spill across border.

30 Jan 2019 - 5:58PM

Analysts say pull-out of US troops raises stakes for Beijing, which worries instability in war-torn neighbouring country could spill across border.

China may ‘push forward’ Afghanistan peace process to protect Belt and Road interests
Canadian arrested in Macau for trying to defraud entertainment company out of US$284 million

61-year-old tried to transfer funds out of firm’s bank to an account in Hong Kong but was foiled by a suspicious clerk and arrested.

28 Jan 2019 - 6:36AM

61-year-old tried to transfer funds out of firm’s bank to an account in Hong Kong but was foiled by a suspicious clerk and arrested.

Canadian arrested in Macau for trying to defraud entertainment company out of US$284 million
China could make it harder for Canadian firms over detainee row

Increased scrutiny, higher barriers to entry could be some economic responses if Beijing retaliates against Ottawa bid for international support.

18 Jan 2019 - 11:11PM

Increased scrutiny, higher barriers to entry could be some economic responses if Beijing retaliates against Ottawa bid for international support.

China could make it harder for Canadian firms over detainee row
Step up and protect Chinese interests abroad, Xi Jinping tells law enforcers

President’s call for wider international security net follows warnings of rising offshore risks from terrorists and other countries.

18 Jan 2019 - 7:00AM

President’s call for wider international security net follows warnings of rising offshore risks from terrorists and other countries.

Step up and protect Chinese interests abroad, Xi Jinping tells law enforcers
The Chinese military’s five biggest leaps forward in modern weapon systems

Beijing’s most significant developments apply science to military problems, while US study says drive to preserve Communist Party rule is behind transformation.

16 Jan 2019 - 11:12PM

Beijing’s most significant developments apply science to military problems, while US study says drive to preserve Communist Party rule is behind transformation.

The Chinese military’s five biggest leaps forward in modern weapon systems
Canadian MP Michael Cooper calls China’s treatment of detainees ‘unacceptable’

Cooper says the two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are ‘entitled to routine consular access and have been denied the right to a lawyer’.

13 Jan 2019 - 4:46PM

Cooper says the two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are ‘entitled to routine consular access and have been denied the right to a lawyer’.

Canadian MP Michael Cooper calls China’s treatment of detainees ‘unacceptable’
China’s Sky Hawk stealth drone has capability to ‘talk’ to fighter pilots, developer says

Manned-unmanned teaming technology allows aircraft to communicate and collaborate during surveillance and combat operations, but expert says it is still only in development stage.

12 Jan 2019 - 9:14AM

Manned-unmanned teaming technology allows aircraft to communicate and collaborate during surveillance and combat operations, but expert says it is still only in development stage.

China’s Sky Hawk stealth drone has capability to ‘talk’ to fighter pilots, developer says
Xi Jinping’s Taiwan unity call triggers backlash from indigenous communities and academics
  • Open letters criticise Beijing threats against island while indigenous people reject notion they form part of a ‘minority within the Chinese nation’.
9 Jan 2019 - 10:48PM
  • Open letters criticise Beijing threats against island while indigenous people reject notion they form part of a ‘minority within the Chinese nation’.
Xi Jinping’s Taiwan unity call triggers backlash from indigenous communities and academics
As China and US spar over tech, scientists would rather not talk about their talent awards

Chinese researchers facing visa issues and tighter scrutiny in America – especially those who are part of schemes like Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan.

14 Jan 2019 - 2:24PM

Chinese researchers facing visa issues and tighter scrutiny in America – especially those who are part of schemes like Beijing’s Thousand Talents Plan.

As China and US spar over tech, scientists would rather not talk about their talent awards