Minnie Chan

Hong Kong

Minnie Chan

Senior Reporter, China

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.

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China ‘must use its strengths’ to curb pro-independence forces in Taiwan

Wang Yang, a member of the top leadership body, says containing separatism and promoting integration are key priorities for the Communist Party’s centenary.

19 Jan 2021 - 11:25PM

Wang Yang, a member of the top leadership body, says containing separatism and promoting integration are key priorities for the Communist Party’s centenary.

China ‘must use its strengths’ to curb pro-independence forces in Taiwan
Chinese border troops likely to benefit from new rules to end unfair treatment

Overhaul of rules to treat officers in remote commands more fairly is also likely to see them given more advanced weapons.

17 Jan 2021 - 10:54PM

Overhaul of rules to treat officers in remote commands more fairly is also likely to see them given more advanced weapons.

Chinese border troops likely to benefit from new rules to end unfair treatment
High altitudes send soldiers off course in China-India border region: experts

Observers believe the disorientation caused by mountain sickness is to blame but warn that serious symptoms can lead to death.

16 Jan 2021 - 10:08PM

Observers believe the disorientation caused by mountain sickness is to blame but warn that serious symptoms can lead to death.

High altitudes send soldiers off course in China-India border region: experts
China pulls 10,000 troops from India border, source says

Beijing sees little prospect of a conflict in the Himalayan area over winter, according to source close to Chinese military.

12 Jan 2021 - 11:38PM

Beijing sees little prospect of a conflict in the Himalayan area over winter, according to source close to Chinese military.

China pulls 10,000 troops from India border, source says
US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’

Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:43AM

Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous’.

US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’
China’s big military ship building spree to guard its aircraft carriers

Dozens of destroyers and frigates are thought to be in the works but it will take more than hardware to make the plan work, observers say.

11 Jan 2021 - 11:58AM

Dozens of destroyers and frigates are thought to be in the works but it will take more than hardware to make the plan work, observers say.

China’s big military ship building spree to guard its aircraft carriers
China’s next-gen J-20 stealth fighter jettisons Russian engine in favour of home-grown technology

Chinese engineers directed to modify the WS-25 engine until it matches America’s F-22 Raptor, says insider.

8 Jan 2021 - 6:00AM

Chinese engineers directed to modify the WS-25 engine until it matches America’s F-22 Raptor, says insider.

China’s next-gen J-20 stealth fighter jettisons Russian engine in favour of home-grown technology
PLA showcases missiles in New Year’s Eve ‘warning for Taiwan’

CCTV series shows 10 types of short and intermediate-range missiles designed for a possible war with self-ruled island.

7 Jan 2021 - 6:00AM

CCTV series shows 10 types of short and intermediate-range missiles designed for a possible war with self-ruled island.

PLA showcases missiles in New Year’s Eve ‘warning for Taiwan’
China-India border dispute: PLA ‘has built frontline observation post’

Temporary post has been turned into a shelter and lookout, Chinese military says, as observers from both sides say their country is equipped for more clashes.

6 Jan 2021 - 9:42PM

Temporary post has been turned into a shelter and lookout, Chinese military says, as observers from both sides say their country is equipped for more clashes.

China-India border dispute: PLA ‘has built frontline observation post’
China speeds up building aircraft carriers but will PLA sailors be trained for hi-tech ships in time?

A floating dock and the expansion of Jiangnan Shipyard will boost China’s commercial and military shipbuilding capacity.

5 Jan 2021 - 10:47AM

A floating dock and the expansion of Jiangnan Shipyard will boost China’s commercial and military shipbuilding capacity.

China speeds up building aircraft carriers but will PLA sailors be trained for hi-tech ships in time?
China’s military takes charge of war powers with new defence law

Legislative amendments in force from New Year’s Day, remove policy and decision making from State Council.

3 Jan 2021 - 11:20PM

Legislative amendments in force from New Year’s Day, remove policy and decision making from State Council.

China’s military takes charge of war powers with new defence law
US in rare double-warship Taiwan Strait transit after China starts sea drills

Two guided-missile destroyers make 13th US passage through the contested waterway in 2020, after China begins three 10-day exercises off its southern coast.

31 Dec 2020 - 11:36PM

Two guided-missile destroyers make 13th US passage through the contested waterway in 2020, after China begins three 10-day exercises off its southern coast.

US in rare double-warship Taiwan Strait transit after China starts sea drills
US Navy’s Hong Kong port calls likely to be scuppered as ties with China’s military continue to deteriorate

One military source says the PLA believes the Americans are using the visits as an excuse to monitor its ships.

30 Dec 2020 - 11:33PM

One military source says the PLA believes the Americans are using the visits as an excuse to monitor its ships.

US Navy’s Hong Kong port calls likely to be scuppered as ties with China’s military continue to deteriorate
China-US tensions keep PLA sailors at sea for an extra four months in 2020

Servicemen and women from South Sea Fleet, which monitors the South China Sea, had tours extended by up to 110 days, navy says.

26 Dec 2020 - 10:09PM

Servicemen and women from South Sea Fleet, which monitors the South China Sea, had tours extended by up to 110 days, navy says.

China-US tensions keep PLA sailors at sea for an extra four months in 2020
China’s Shandong aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait a day after USS Mustin

Military analysts say the timing was a coincidence because it is not possible to put a carrier to sea with only a day’s notice.

23 Dec 2020 - 8:07PM

Military analysts say the timing was a coincidence because it is not possible to put a carrier to sea with only a day’s notice.

China’s Shandong aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait a day after USS Mustin
South China Sea: PLA’s new dry dock in Hainan big enough for Type 002 aircraft carriers, analysts say

Satellite images show facility at Yulin Naval Base in Sanya will be able to accommodate the giant warships, the first of which is set to launch next year.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:37AM

Satellite images show facility at Yulin Naval Base in Sanya will be able to accommodate the giant warships, the first of which is set to launch next year.

South China Sea: PLA’s new dry dock in Hainan big enough for Type 002 aircraft carriers, analysts say
Chang’e 5 recovery team use exoskeletons to aid mission

Wearable machines make it easier for workers to trudge through Inner Mongolian snows, set up communication centre.

18 Dec 2020 - 7:10AM

Wearable machines make it easier for workers to trudge through Inner Mongolian snows, set up communication centre.

Chang’e 5 recovery team use exoskeletons to aid mission
China puts tanks to the test in a mock street battle for Taiwan

CCTV footage highlights the PLA’s understanding that urban combat would be inevitable after landing on the island.

17 Dec 2020 - 9:25AM

CCTV footage highlights the PLA’s understanding that urban combat would be inevitable after landing on the island.

China puts tanks to the test in a mock street battle for Taiwan
China’s Shandong aircraft carrier completes sea trial but no word on basic combat readiness

Report of satellite images of submarine with vessel could signal positive results on the water, analyst says.

16 Dec 2020 - 9:00AM

Report of satellite images of submarine with vessel could signal positive results on the water, analyst says.

China’s Shandong aircraft carrier completes sea trial but no word on basic combat readiness
Chinese military using virtual reality to boost their combat readiness

New recruits using VR for parachuting training as part of PLA’s plans to switch from a Russian model to American-style methods.

15 Dec 2020 - 2:36AM

New recruits using VR for parachuting training as part of PLA’s plans to switch from a Russian model to American-style methods.

Chinese military using virtual reality to boost their combat readiness
China’s military: pressure from US can help drive PLA’s modernisation, observers say

Next phase of modernisation process is to build ‘more aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and other ships to narrow the gap with the US’, former instructor at Taiwan’s Naval Academy says.

12 Dec 2020 - 10:25PM

Next phase of modernisation process is to build ‘more aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates and other ships to narrow the gap with the US’, former instructor at Taiwan’s Naval Academy says.

China’s military: pressure from US can help drive PLA’s modernisation, observers say
China boosts nuclear strike capability in face of growing rivalry with US, report says

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists estimates that the PLA has increased the number of ballistic missile brigades by around a third.

12 Dec 2020 - 12:36AM

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists estimates that the PLA has increased the number of ballistic missile brigades by around a third.

China boosts nuclear strike capability in face of growing rivalry with US, report says
China’s first Type 075 ship to be based in Hainan amid South China Sea tension

The vessel, China’s largest amphibious assault ship, could be used as a landing platform for air strikes against Taiwan, observers say.

9 Dec 2020 - 10:56PM

The vessel, China’s largest amphibious assault ship, could be used as a landing platform for air strikes against Taiwan, observers say.

China’s first Type 075 ship to be based in Hainan amid South China Sea tension
South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge

Beijing’s crisis management plans to deal with rising US-China tensions include its artificial structures in the disputed area.

5 Dec 2020 - 10:55PM

Beijing’s crisis management plans to deal with rising US-China tensions include its artificial structures in the disputed area.

South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge
China-Russia space cooperation: another small step in Beijing’s pursuit of US?

Nations announce plans to work together, giving China access to Russia’s deep-space expertise and Russia the Chinese research funding it needs, observer says.

4 Dec 2020 - 12:52AM

Nations announce plans to work together, giving China access to Russia’s deep-space expertise and Russia the Chinese research funding it needs, observer says.

China-Russia space cooperation: another small step in Beijing’s pursuit of US?
China military: ‘leaders’ lack of combat experience’ a drag on modernisation drive

A new PLA training guideline tries to close the gap between today’s Chinese troops and the rapid move towards advanced weapons systems.

1 Dec 2020 - 7:12AM

A new PLA training guideline tries to close the gap between today’s Chinese troops and the rapid move towards advanced weapons systems.

China military: ‘leaders’ lack of combat experience’ a drag on modernisation drive
China’s military: Xi Jinping tells top brass to ‘transform’ training amid security challenges

Analysts say it’s part of push to strengthen combat training and get troops used to hi-tech weapons and equipment.

26 Nov 2020 - 11:59PM

Analysts say it’s part of push to strengthen combat training and get troops used to hi-tech weapons and equipment.

China’s military: Xi Jinping tells top brass to ‘transform’ training amid security challenges
First of four accused Taiwanese spies sentenced to prison in China

Retired professor Shih Cheng-ping given four-year term after ‘TV confession’ in October.

25 Nov 2020 - 11:01PM

Retired professor Shih Cheng-ping given four-year term after ‘TV confession’ in October.

First of four accused Taiwanese spies sentenced to prison in China
South China Sea: Beijing ‘doesn’t want to upset neighbours’ with air defence identification zone

Think tank commentary says perception that ADIZ will be declared is ‘misinterpretation’, while analysts say China doesn’t see the need to make such a controversial move.

26 Nov 2020 - 5:22PM

Think tank commentary says perception that ADIZ will be declared is ‘misinterpretation’, while analysts say China doesn’t see the need to make such a controversial move.

South China Sea: Beijing ‘doesn’t want to upset neighbours’ with air defence identification zone
Taiwan visit by admiral ‘suggests two months of provocation by Donald Trump’

Beijing is best advised to avoid being baited by US president, to prevent escalation into conflict, according to military insider.

24 Nov 2020 - 11:20AM

Beijing is best advised to avoid being baited by US president, to prevent escalation into conflict, according to military insider.

Taiwan visit by admiral ‘suggests two months of provocation by Donald Trump’