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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Taiwan needs strategy to deal with PLA’s YJ-12 missile, island’s military says

Seen as mainland China’s most dangerous anti-ship missile, the YJ-12 is a threat to Taiwan and has advantages over US ships’ air-defence systems, according to article.

Seen as mainland China’s most dangerous anti-ship missile, the YJ-12 is a threat to Taiwan and has advantages over US ships’ air-defence systems, according to article.

22 Jan 2022 - 11:32AM
China to start upgrading J-20 fighter engines in bid to close gap with US F-22

A source says the jet, also known as the Mighty Dragon, will be fitted with thrust vector nozzles to improve performance.

A source says the jet, also known as the Mighty Dragon, will be fitted with thrust vector nozzles to improve performance.

20 Jan 2022 - 5:42AM
South China Sea: US Navy moves suggest new approach in likely Taiwan flashpoint

Use of alternative routes between islands may be designed to evade PLA radars and indicates skill diversification for US sailors, defence experts say.

Use of alternative routes between islands may be designed to evade PLA radars and indicates skill diversification for US sailors, defence experts say.

19 Jan 2022 - 12:08AM
North Korea using Russian satellite navigation system instead of GPS for missile launches, observers say

Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Monday, the fourth launch this month.

Pyongyang fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Monday, the fourth launch this month.

18 Jan 2022 - 7:00AM
‘No money from mainland China’ behind Hong Kong bid for Taiwan-based Apple Online

Kenny Wee says he is the sole owner of the company hoping to own the Taipei-based news site

Kenny Wee says he is the sole owner of the company hoping to own the Taipei-based news site

14 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
Winter chill brings promise of stability in China-India border dispute

The 14th round of talks between the two sides ends in rare agreement with a joint statement after ‘frank and in-depth exchange’.

The 14th round of talks between the two sides ends in rare agreement with a joint statement after ‘frank and in-depth exchange’.

14 Jan 2022 - 5:45PM
US Navy says its photo of Chinese aircraft carrier showed PLA’s ‘restrictions’

American destroyer USS Mustin took photos of the Liaoning in the South China Sea last April.

American destroyer USS Mustin took photos of the Liaoning in the South China Sea last April.

13 Jan 2022 - 11:53PM
Taiwan’s F-16V crash signals pilot training and fatigue problems, analysts say

Younger pilots also having to ‘step up to take on challenges of advanced jets’, observer says.

Younger pilots also having to ‘step up to take on challenges of advanced jets’, observer says.

13 Jan 2022 - 8:11AM
Top Middle East diplomats converge on China as Gulf states grapple with volatility

Beijing urges the Gulf to take the initiative on Tehran as Washington tries to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Beijing urges the Gulf to take the initiative on Tehran as Washington tries to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

11 Jan 2022 - 9:35PM
Beijing sends former Xinjiang paramilitary chief to take command of Hong Kong garrison

Major General Peng Jingtang met Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Monday and pledged to ‘safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests’.

Major General Peng Jingtang met Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Monday and pledged to ‘safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests’.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:00PM
China to host ministers from oil-rich Gulf states as Kazakhstan unrest heightens energy security fears

The visit by a delegation from the Gulf Cooperation Council comes amid violent unrest in one of Beijing’s main energy suppliers.

The visit by a delegation from the Gulf Cooperation Council comes amid violent unrest in one of Beijing’s main energy suppliers.

10 Jan 2022 - 6:06AM
The remarkable life of intellectual and language reformer Hu Shih helped shape China in the 20th century

A new book highlights Hu’s legacy, from his World War II-era diplomacy to championing literature for ordinary Chinese, his humility and charisma.

A new book highlights Hu’s legacy, from his World War II-era diplomacy to championing literature for ordinary Chinese, his humility and charisma.

25 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
China’s future spaceplane may be able to take off and land at airports

Successful test flight in July suggests it has an advantage over the rocket-launched US equivalent, Chinese military magazine says.

Successful test flight in July suggests it has an advantage over the rocket-launched US equivalent, Chinese military magazine says.

19 Dec 2021 - 10:00PM
China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier set for Pacific training exercise

The warship and its escorts passed through the strategically important Miyako Strait and are expected to start the drill soon.

The warship and its escorts passed through the strategically important Miyako Strait and are expected to start the drill soon.

19 Dec 2021 - 9:10PM
US space war games with allies raise risk of Star Wars-style arms race: analysts

Britain, Canada and Australian forces involved in simulations of attacks on US satellite systems.

Britain, Canada and Australian forces involved in simulations of attacks on US satellite systems.

15 Dec 2021 - 4:24AM
US takes aim at China with Indo-Pacific military spending plans: analysts

Funds indicate US intends to build more outposts and strengthen military logistics in the region, observer says.

Funds indicate US intends to build more outposts and strengthen military logistics in the region, observer says.

10 Dec 2021 - 9:00PM
Taiwan role expected for China’s second Type 075 landing helicopter dock

The vessel has been photographed at the home base of the Eastern Theatre Command, which covers Taiwan Strait contingencies.

The vessel has been photographed at the home base of the Eastern Theatre Command, which covers Taiwan Strait contingencies.

4 Dec 2021 - 12:28AM
China, US set for meeting of top military officials amid Taiwan tensions

Telephone call in January being considered after consensus was reached during Xi-Biden summit on setting up discussions, sources say.

Telephone call in January being considered after consensus was reached during Xi-Biden summit on setting up discussions, sources say.

2 Dec 2021 - 5:06PM
Chinese nuclear submarine spotted sailing on the surface in Taiwan Strait

Satellite image shows Type 094 heading north from PLA naval base in Yulin, according to US defence analyst. It could be a signal to the US, or it may have been heading to the shipyard for repairs, experts say.

Satellite image shows Type 094 heading north from PLA naval base in Yulin, according to US defence analyst. It could be a signal to the US, or it may have been heading to the shipyard for repairs, experts say.

30 Dec 2021 - 5:54PM
China-India border: building boom in the Himalayas as Beijing shores up troops and weapons for winter

Social media images show structures designed for military assets of strategic value, such as a command centre, hangars or missile storage, say experts.

Social media images show structures designed for military assets of strategic value, such as a command centre, hangars or missile storage, say experts.

30 Nov 2021 - 10:00AM
Which Chinese military units are expanding while others are shedding troops?

The PLA is pivoting to confront changing challenges – and that means more combat personnel, according to one commentator.

The PLA is pivoting to confront changing challenges – and that means more combat personnel, according to one commentator.

29 Nov 2021 - 4:22PM
Why China, Russia ‘should keep a close eye’ on upgraded Turkic Council

Turkey’s active role in renamed Organisation of Turkic States could allow Central Asian nations to balance their reliance on China and Russia, experts say.

Turkey’s active role in renamed Organisation of Turkic States could allow Central Asian nations to balance their reliance on China and Russia, experts say.

28 Nov 2021 - 12:00PM
Why wind tunnels are key in China’s race for hypersonic weapon supremacy

The test facilities are part of the secret behind China’s rapid development of hypersonic missiles and new-generation aircraft, say observers.

The test facilities are part of the secret behind China’s rapid development of hypersonic missiles and new-generation aircraft, say observers.

27 Nov 2021 - 10:30PM
China tests high-altitude weapons performance near border with India

The PLA’s live-fire precision strike drills for a range of conventional weaponry were carried out in the Karakoram mountains.

The PLA’s live-fire precision strike drills for a range of conventional weaponry were carried out in the Karakoram mountains.

23 Nov 2021 - 9:00AM
China tells Japan to put ties with neighbours before alliance with US

Foreign Minister Wang Yi stresses China’s own contact with US, while Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi states concerns over Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi stresses China’s own contact with US, while Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi states concerns over Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

19 Nov 2021 - 10:34PM
China and US set for talks to ‘stop competition veering off into conflict’ in wake of Joe Biden and Xi Jinping’s virtual summit

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the two sides are ready for a strategic dialogue on setting up ‘guardrails’ to manage tensions.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the two sides are ready for a strategic dialogue on setting up ‘guardrails’ to manage tensions.

18 Nov 2021 - 12:59AM
China sends long-range bomber to border with India

Footage broadcast on CCTV shows H-6K on flight to mountainous region.

Footage broadcast on CCTV shows H-6K on flight to mountainous region.

16 Nov 2021 - 9:50PM
US puts Taiwan in focus in countdown to Xi-Biden summit

Beijing and Washington need to reach new deal to prevent armed conflict over the island, analyst says.

Beijing and Washington need to reach new deal to prevent armed conflict over the island, analyst says.

14 Nov 2021 - 11:18PM
China will keep escalating military intimidation of Taiwan, experts say

People’s Liberation Army has more plans afoot for the island, military insider says after announcement of first joint combat-readiness patrol aimed at Taiwan.

People’s Liberation Army has more plans afoot for the island, military insider says after announcement of first joint combat-readiness patrol aimed at Taiwan.

13 Nov 2021 - 11:19PM
First a fake US aircraft carrier and now China has models of F-35 fighter jets

Mock-ups of jets at a shooting range aimed at showing Chinese missiles can target US and Japan if they intervene over Taiwan, experts say.

Mock-ups of jets at a shooting range aimed at showing Chinese missiles can target US and Japan if they intervene over Taiwan, experts say.

11 Nov 2021 - 10:21PM