Minnie Chan

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.
Minnie Chan
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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American Viper jets a boost to Taiwan’s defences ‘but no game changer’ with China

The improved F-16 has a longer range and new features but it’s still not a challenge to Beijing’s land, sea and air forces, analysts say.

19 Aug 2019 - 11:07PM

The improved F-16 has a longer range and new features but it’s still not a challenge to Beijing’s land, sea and air forces, analysts say.

American Viper jets a boost to Taiwan’s defences ‘but no game changer’ with China
China puts new weapons and warships through paces in live-fire drills near Vietnam

Hanoi is not expected to voice strong objections to the exercises, a military expert says.

17 Aug 2019 - 3:16AM

Hanoi is not expected to voice strong objections to the exercises, a military expert says.

China puts new weapons and warships through paces in live-fire drills near Vietnam
Hong Kong police warn North Point violence will not be tolerated

Close-knit Fujianese community in city passes on message to “mainland brothers” said to be on their way for Sunday protest march.

9 Aug 2019 - 11:37PM

Close-knit Fujianese community in city passes on message to “mainland brothers” said to be on their way for Sunday protest march.

Hong Kong police warn North Point violence will not be tolerated
Rumours of armed gangs heighten North Point tensions after anti-government protesters’ fight with mob

Anti-government protesters clashed with men wielding sticks on Monday night. Unsubstantiated reports of Fujianese reinforcements coming to settle scores in the area prompt businesses to shut up shop early.

7 Aug 2019 - 11:57AM

Anti-government protesters clashed with men wielding sticks on Monday night. Unsubstantiated reports of Fujianese reinforcements coming to settle scores in the area prompt businesses to shut up shop early.

Rumours of armed gangs heighten North Point tensions after anti-government protesters’ fight with mob
Another sea trial for China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier ‘suggests technical problems’

Type 001A heads out for more testing in north of Yellow Sea, with observers saying issues may have been identified that need to be fixed.

7 Aug 2019 - 4:20AM

Type 001A heads out for more testing in north of Yellow Sea, with observers saying issues may have been identified that need to be fixed.

Another sea trial for China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier ‘suggests technical problems’
Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou meets KMT heavyweight in Taipei, fuelling talk of election bid

Former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng confirms the pair had a ‘good talk’ on the weekend and says they will ‘fight for Taiwan together’, without elaborating.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:45AM

Former legislative speaker Wang Jin-pyng confirms the pair had a ‘good talk’ on the weekend and says they will ‘fight for Taiwan together’, without elaborating.

Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou meets KMT heavyweight in Taipei, fuelling talk of election bid
China promotes top military officer targeted by American sanctions

Li Shangfu, who was slapped by US bans over the PLA’s purchases of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, has been made a full general

1 Aug 2019 - 11:18PM

Li Shangfu, who was slapped by US bans over the PLA’s purchases of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missiles, has been made a full general

China promotes top military officer targeted by American sanctions
China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier the Type 001A set for new round of sea trials as it prepares to enter service

Maritime authorities close off area of Yellow Sea near vessel’s home port of Dalian for naval training exercise.

1 Aug 2019 - 1:06PM

Maritime authorities close off area of Yellow Sea near vessel’s home port of Dalian for naval training exercise.

China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier the Type 001A set for new round of sea trials as it prepares to enter service
Taiwan responds to Beijing’s military exercises with drill of its own

Armed F-16 fighter jets simulate attack followed by medium and long-range missile launches into eastern waters.

30 Jul 2019 - 3:43PM

Armed F-16 fighter jets simulate attack followed by medium and long-range missile launches into eastern waters.

Taiwan responds to Beijing’s military exercises with drill of its own
China’s engineers in race to build best stealth jet for nation’s aircraft carriers

Developers at Chengdu Aerospace working on shorter version of J-20 to make it suitable for use with next generation catapult launch systems, insiders say.

19 Jul 2019 - 5:16AM

Developers at Chengdu Aerospace working on shorter version of J-20 to make it suitable for use with next generation catapult launch systems, insiders say.

China’s  engineers in race to build best stealth jet for nation’s aircraft carriers
Former commander of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison gets new role – but unlike his predecessors won’t be promoted

Tan Benhong appointed as inspector of Southern Theatre Command – a role described as having little real power – and will remain a lieutenant general.

18 Jul 2019 - 5:30AM

Tan Benhong appointed as inspector of Southern Theatre Command – a role described as having little real power – and will remain a lieutenant general.

Former commander of Hong Kong’s PLA garrison gets new role – but unlike his predecessors won’t be promoted
China tries to play down Taiwan Strait military exercises to avoid upsetting the US
Does Russia hold the key to China’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier?

The former Soviet Union developed nuclear technology for its biggest ships by testing it on icebreakers, now China is hoping it can do the same.

14 Jul 2019 - 10:29PM

The former Soviet Union developed nuclear technology for its biggest ships by testing it on icebreakers, now China is hoping it can do the same.

Does Russia hold the key to China’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier?
China’s new aircraft carrier set to miss 70th anniversary parade as sea trials continue

Domestically developed Type 001A is unlikely to be ready before the end of the year, experts say.

12 Jul 2019 - 1:38PM

Domestically developed Type 001A is unlikely to be ready before the end of the year, experts say.

China’s new aircraft carrier set to miss 70th anniversary parade as sea trials continue
Plan to let Hong Kong people join Chinese army shelved in wake of extradition bill crisis

Proposal to let PLA and Great Bay Area civil service recruit city residents likely to be delayed after wave of protests.

30 Jul 2019 - 6:57PM

Proposal to let PLA and Great Bay Area civil service recruit city residents likely to be delayed after wave of protests.

Plan to let Hong Kong people join Chinese army shelved in wake of extradition bill crisis
Former China defence minister Chang Wanquan ‘given military demotion over link to corruption case’

Chang was close to two disgraced former Central Military Commission vice-chairmen, a source says, while another says demotion could be seen as light treatment that would give him an easy retirement.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:29PM

Chang was close to two disgraced former Central Military Commission vice-chairmen, a source says, while another says demotion could be seen as light treatment that would give him an easy retirement.

Former China defence minister Chang Wanquan ‘given military demotion over link to corruption case’
12 years behind bars for corrupt former boss of Chinese warship builder CSIC

Sun Bo gets lighter sentence for volunteering information about other crimes.

5 Jul 2019 - 4:47AM

Sun Bo gets lighter sentence for volunteering information about other crimes.

12 years behind bars for corrupt former boss of Chinese warship builder CSIC
Hong Kong’s PLA garrison held a drill last week on ‘emergency dispatches’

But the Chinese army’s official newspaper waited until the day after violent protests rocked the city to report on the patrol exercises.

3 Jul 2019 - 1:19PM

But the Chinese army’s official newspaper waited until the day after violent protests rocked the city to report on the patrol exercises.

Hong Kong’s PLA garrison held a drill last week on ‘emergency dispatches’
China’s military demotes over 70 senior officers ‘for bribing Fang Fenghui’

At least one general and two lieutenant generals on the list of those punished for links to jailed former chief of joint staff, according to sources.

26 Jun 2019 - 3:33AM

At least one general and two lieutenant generals on the list of those punished for links to jailed former chief of joint staff, according to sources.

China’s military demotes over 70 senior officers ‘for bribing Fang Fenghui’
A lost medal and a granddaughter’s love help to rekindle US-China ties in Hong Kong

US consulate holds ceremony to re-award military honours to family of Chinese general recognised 74 years ago by Harry Truman.

23 Jun 2019 - 10:52PM

US consulate holds ceremony to re-award military honours to family of Chinese general recognised 74 years ago by Harry Truman.

A lost medal and a granddaughter’s love help to rekindle US-China ties in Hong Kong
How the storm over Hong Kong’s extradition bill battered Beijing’s ‘one country, two systems’ ambitions for Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election prospects boosted as Hong Kong protests highlight city’s ties with mainland, while candidate for Beijing-friendly Kuomintang says Taiwan will adopt the arrangement ‘over my dead body’.

22 Jun 2019 - 7:22PM

President Tsai Ing-wen’s re-election prospects boosted as Hong Kong protests highlight city’s ties with mainland, while candidate for Beijing-friendly Kuomintang says Taiwan will adopt the arrangement ‘over my dead body’.

How the storm over Hong Kong’s extradition bill battered Beijing’s ‘one country, two systems’ ambitions for Taiwan
China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system breaks underwater barriers, naval shipbuilder says

Advances in positioning system ‘could be applied to country’s stealth submarines and subsea drones, experts say

20 Jun 2019 - 6:05AM

Advances in positioning system ‘could be applied to country’s stealth submarines and subsea drones, experts say

China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system breaks underwater barriers, naval shipbuilder says
How Tiananmen crackdown left a deep scar on China’s military psyche

Many of those involved feel profound ‘guilt and shame’ over the lives lost in Beijing 30 years ago, according to two former PLA officers.

4 Jun 2019 - 11:47PM

Many of those involved feel profound ‘guilt and shame’ over the lives lost in Beijing 30 years ago, according to two former PLA officers.

How Tiananmen crackdown left a deep scar on China’s military psyche
Taiwan can learn from Singapore to deal with Beijing and US, former diplomat says

Ex-foreign minister Jason Hu says self-ruled island should maintain peaceful engagement with mainland while edging closer to United States.

3 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM

Ex-foreign minister Jason Hu says self-ruled island should maintain peaceful engagement with mainland while edging closer to United States.

Taiwan can learn from Singapore to deal with Beijing and US, former diplomat says
‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

2 Jun 2019 - 12:57AM

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China
Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble

Washington’s support for Taipei sends ‘wrong message’ to independence-leaning forces on self-ruled island, Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

1 Jun 2019 - 8:45PM

Washington’s support for Taipei sends ‘wrong message’ to independence-leaning forces on self-ruled island, Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble
Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

1 Jun 2019 - 3:07PM

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum
Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

1 Jun 2019 - 3:23AM

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue
Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:57AM

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum
China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:18AM

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions