Kristin Huang

Hong Kong

Kristin Huang

Correspondent, China

Kristin Huang is a correspondent for the China Desk, and focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016. Kristin is interested in security issues, with a special focus on Chinese military.

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Beijing tests flying oil tanker near Taiwan, in show of extended air force range

The debut outing for the refuel aircraft comes after US lawmakers vowed ‘rock-solid’ support for Taipei in a surprise one-day visit to the island.

The debut outing for the refuel aircraft comes after US lawmakers vowed ‘rock-solid’ support for Taipei in a surprise one-day visit to the island.

Beijing tests flying oil tanker near Taiwan, in show of extended air force range
29 Nov 2021 - 7:02PM
China’s military: the huge civilian ships that could back up the PLA in a Taiwan invasion

Giant ro-ro passenger ships would be requisitioned to transport troops, tanks and provisions, CCTV reports and defence analysts suggest.

Giant ro-ro passenger ships would be requisitioned to transport troops, tanks and provisions, CCTV reports and defence analysts suggest.

China’s military: the huge civilian ships that could back up the PLA in a Taiwan invasion
20 Nov 2021 - 6:00PM
China’s military looks to J-20 jet-drone match-up for combat edge

PLA pilot says unmanned aerial vehicles can do what humans cannot – endure extremes for long periods.

PLA pilot says unmanned aerial vehicles can do what humans cannot – endure extremes for long periods.

China’s military looks to J-20 jet-drone match-up for combat edge
20 Nov 2021 - 10:27PM
US nuclear sub ‘may have hit an oil rig’ in South China Sea

Ex-PLA naval instructor says the area is a complex underwater environment and a lack of coordination would lead to collision.

Ex-PLA naval instructor says the area is a complex underwater environment and a lack of coordination would lead to collision.

US nuclear sub ‘may have hit an oil rig’ in South China Sea
13 Nov 2021 - 11:30AM
Aukus in sights as UN backs China on peaceful transfers of new security tech

Peace and rights enjoyed by all nations should be protected, Chinese representative says in drawing attention to ‘abuse’ of export-control mechanisms

Peace and rights enjoyed by all nations should be protected, Chinese representative says in drawing attention to ‘abuse’ of export-control mechanisms

Aukus in sights as UN backs China on peaceful transfers of new security tech
5 Nov 2021 - 9:25AM
US spy planes over South China Sea likely surveyed nuclear fallout of sub collision, observers say

The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which detects radioactive debris, was among five US reconnaissance planes in the South China Sea region, satellite photos show.

The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which detects radioactive debris, was among five US reconnaissance planes in the South China Sea region, satellite photos show.

US spy planes over South China Sea likely surveyed nuclear fallout of sub collision, observers say
2 Nov 2021 - 2:08PM
What ‘new challenges’ does China’s new border defence law aim to tackle?

While terror spillover from Afghanistan or violence on the Myanmar border are concerns, the timing of the law would suggest pressure on India is the aim.

While terror spillover from Afghanistan or violence on the Myanmar border are concerns, the timing of the law would suggest pressure on India is the aim.

What ‘new challenges’ does China’s new border defence law aim to tackle?
31 Oct 2021 - 10:33PM
Chinese pressure blamed as Xi Jinping book events are cancelled in Germany

The Chinese embassy in Berlin slammed what it saw as irresponsible remarks but did not deny the chain of events as reported.

The Chinese embassy in Berlin slammed what it saw as irresponsible remarks but did not deny the chain of events as reported.

Chinese pressure blamed as Xi Jinping book events are cancelled in Germany
25 Oct 2021 - 11:38PM
What will US-Canada warships transit slammed by China mean for peace in the Taiwan Strait?

First ever joint US-Canada transit, seen as a ‘breakthrough’ in Biden’s strategy for a united front against China, sparks worries about regional stability and Canada’s ties with Beijing.

First ever joint US-Canada transit, seen as a ‘breakthrough’ in Biden’s strategy for a united front against China, sparks worries about regional stability and Canada’s ties with Beijing.

What will US-Canada warships transit slammed by China mean for peace in the Taiwan Strait?
19 Oct 2021 - 12:02AM
China hits out at Aukus pact after US submarine accident

Beijing’s disarmament ambassador Li Song says the deal to provide Australia with US nuclear technology threatens to undermine regional peace and stability.

Beijing’s disarmament ambassador Li Song says the deal to provide Australia with US nuclear technology threatens to undermine regional peace and stability.

China hits out at Aukus pact after US submarine accident
14 Oct 2021 - 11:23PM
New Chinese spy drone ‘will make combat scenes in the movies a reality’, state media claims

The WJ-700 completed its first flight in January and its ability to work with other drones has been highlighted on state television.

The WJ-700 completed its first flight in January and its ability to work with other drones has been highlighted on state television.

New Chinese spy drone ‘will make combat scenes in the movies a reality’, state media claims
12 Oct 2021 - 9:00PM
Could anti-submarine drones help China keep up with US and Japan in underwater arms race?

US analyst says drones can expand reach and economy of anti-submarine efforts but their carrying capacity is limited.

US analyst says drones can expand reach and economy of anti-submarine efforts but their carrying capacity is limited.

Could anti-submarine drones help China keep up with US and Japan in underwater arms race?
9 Oct 2021 - 9:44AM
Reconnecting North-South Korea hotline ‘a good start’

Restoring the line is a positive step but who knows how long the rapport will last, observer says.

Restoring the line is a positive step but who knows how long the rapport will last, observer says.

Reconnecting North-South Korea hotline ‘a good start’
5 Oct 2021 - 4:09PM
New version of China’s most advanced air-to-air missile the PL-15 is destined for export market
30 Sep 2021 - 10:12PM
China to unveil new reconnaissance and attack drones at air show

They are expected to boost the air force’s strike ability and defensive tactics, especially in the South China Sea.

They are expected to boost the air force’s strike ability and defensive tactics, especially in the South China Sea.

China to unveil new reconnaissance and attack drones at air show
27 Sep 2021 - 9:50PM
Chinese military plans for Taiwan hampered by second island chain

Mainland magazine outlines scenario for attack on self-ruled island but concedes it would result in protracted war with US.

Mainland magazine outlines scenario for attack on self-ruled island but concedes it would result in protracted war with US.

Chinese military plans for Taiwan hampered by second island chain
26 Sep 2021 - 8:43PM
Chinese magazine praises J-20 fighter, but experts doubt it can rule the skies

Military publication suggests the jet may join more exercises, but observers say its Russian engine and a lack of strategic transporters will hold it back.

Military publication suggests the jet may join more exercises, but observers say its Russian engine and a lack of strategic transporters will hold it back.

Chinese magazine praises J-20 fighter, but experts doubt it can rule the skies
18 Sep 2021 - 9:53PM
US General Milley defends calls to Chinese counterpart during Trump presidency as effort to avoid conflict

Biden defends general while Trump calls Milley ‘a complete nutjob’ and says he ‘never told me about calls being made to China’.

Biden defends general while Trump calls Milley ‘a complete nutjob’ and says he ‘never told me about calls being made to China’.

US General Milley defends calls to Chinese counterpart during Trump presidency as effort to avoid conflict
16 Sep 2021 - 11:27PM
China calls for restraint as North Korea tests cruise missile able to reach Japan

North Korea breaks lull in testing with “strategic weapon of great significance”, KCNA says, but some experts see only moderate military gains.

North Korea breaks lull in testing with “strategic weapon of great significance”, KCNA says, but some experts see only moderate military gains.

China calls for restraint as North Korea tests cruise missile able to reach Japan
13 Sep 2021 - 9:35PM
Regional stability ‘at risk’ from China’s growing use of military drones

Three Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles spotted near Japan last month highlighted the increased focus on the technology.

Three Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles spotted near Japan last month highlighted the increased focus on the technology.

Regional stability ‘at risk’ from China’s growing use of military drones
11 Sep 2021 - 11:06PM
South China Sea: Beijing ramps up drills and tests its ability to seize an island

PLA exercises in contested waters coincide with rising tension with the US military and its insistence on freedom-of-navigation operations in the region.

PLA exercises in contested waters coincide with rising tension with the US military and its insistence on freedom-of-navigation operations in the region.

South China Sea: Beijing ramps up drills and tests its ability to seize an island
9 Sep 2021 - 11:29PM
Chinese military says it has a strategic air force – experts disagree

Despite its air force spokesman‘s claims, China lacks the bombers and transport aircraft needed to have true long-range assault capability, experts say.

Despite its air force spokesman‘s claims, China lacks the bombers and transport aircraft needed to have true long-range assault capability, experts say.

Chinese military says it has a strategic air force – experts disagree
3 Sep 2021 - 11:00AM
China repeats warning to citizens to leave Afghanistan days after welcoming Taliban for talks

The foreign ministry tells Chinese nationals to leave as soon as possible citing the deteriorating security situation.

The foreign ministry tells Chinese nationals to leave as soon as possible citing the deteriorating security situation.

China repeats warning to citizens to leave Afghanistan days after welcoming Taliban for talks
16 Aug 2021 - 10:37PM
China says Taiwan Strait crossing by US warship shows America as ‘biggest destroyer of peace’

The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command says its troops are ‘ready to respond to all threats and provocations’.

The PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command says its troops are ‘ready to respond to all threats and provocations’.

China says Taiwan Strait crossing by US warship shows America as ‘biggest destroyer of peace’
29 Jul 2021 - 10:14PM
Chinese military drills simulate amphibious landing and island seizure in battle conditions

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has held 20 naval exercises involving elements of island capture in the first half of 2021.

Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province and has held 20 naval exercises involving elements of island capture in the first half of 2021.

Chinese military drills simulate amphibious landing and island seizure in battle conditions
28 Jul 2021 - 8:09PM
China, Britain relations ‘sour’ due to warship and possible end of energy deals

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in South China Sea with flotilla after taking part in exercises with Indian Navy.

HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in South China Sea with flotilla after taking part in exercises with Indian Navy.

China, Britain relations ‘sour’ due to warship and possible end of energy deals
9 Sep 2021 - 10:45AM
China calls on US to take responsibility for decline in conditions in Afghanistan

Beijing stresses strong ties with Kabul and urges Washington to stop ‘terrorist forces’ expanding and promote peace and reconciliation in the region.

Beijing stresses strong ties with Kabul and urges Washington to stop ‘terrorist forces’ expanding and promote peace and reconciliation in the region.

China calls on US to take responsibility for decline in conditions in Afghanistan
16 Aug 2021 - 10:38PM
China uses drone to restore phone coverage, assess damage after floods

The specialist Wing Loong 2H flew twice from the south to the central Henan province, enabling phone use in areas crippled by power and communications outages.

The specialist Wing Loong 2H flew twice from the south to the central Henan province, enabling phone use in areas crippled by power and communications outages.

China uses drone to restore phone coverage, assess damage after floods
23 Jul 2021 - 10:49PM
China orders the military to forge stronger ties with the public

Close links with the public have been key to the military’s success in the past, analyst says.

Close links with the public have been key to the military’s success in the past, analyst says.

China orders the military to forge stronger ties with the public
23 Jul 2021 - 10:48PM
US military planes’ Taiwan visits signal new tactic to Beijing, analysts say

Use of military aircraft for deliveries to Sandra Oudkirk, new director of the American Institute in Taiwan, may indicate strengthening of Washington’s stance.

Use of military aircraft for deliveries to Sandra Oudkirk, new director of the American Institute in Taiwan, may indicate strengthening of Washington’s stance.

US military planes’ Taiwan visits signal new tactic to Beijing, analysts say
20 Jul 2021 - 10:02PM