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 and Russia’s push to develop hypersonic weapons raises fears of arms race with US

China became the first country to announce the deployment of the missiles, but Russia recently announced it had developed a much more advanced version.

19 Jan 2020 - 11:31PM

China became the first country to announce the deployment of the missiles, but Russia recently announced it had developed a much more advanced version.

China and Russia’s push to develop hypersonic weapons raises fears of arms race with US
China’s most advanced destroyer the Nanchang formally enters service in ‘leap forward’ for navy

Ship is the first Type 055 guided missile destroyer to be commissioned into the PLA Navy and is one of the most advanced warships of its type in the world

13 Jan 2020 - 5:00AM

Ship is the first Type 055 guided missile destroyer to be commissioned into the PLA Navy and is one of the most advanced warships of its type in the world

China’s most advanced destroyer the Nanchang formally enters service in ‘leap forward’ for navy
Taiwan elections: Beijing ‘will view Tsai Ing-wen’s victory as setback but not a crisis’

Mainland Chinese observers do not expect extreme reaction to president’s re-election – but warn Beijing will respond to ‘provocations’ such as moves towards independence

12 Jan 2020 - 3:43AM

Mainland Chinese observers do not expect extreme reaction to president’s re-election – but warn Beijing will respond to ‘provocations’ such as moves towards independence

Taiwan elections: Beijing ‘will view Tsai Ing-wen’s victory as setback but not a crisis’
China nuclear missile development steps up a gear with test of weapon capable of hitting US mainland

Military source says work on JL-3 “Big Wave” has been separated from work on next generation Type 096 submarines to speed up process.

4 Jan 2020 - 11:46PM

Military source says work on JL-3 “Big Wave” has been separated from work on next generation Type 096 submarines to speed up process.

China nuclear missile development steps up a gear with test of weapon capable of hitting US mainland
Donald Trump ‘may use China trip to push for more concessions in further trade war deal’

Observers say US president could make additional demands when he travels to Beijing after a phase-one trade deal is signed.

1 Jan 2020 - 11:24PM

Observers say US president could make additional demands when he travels to Beijing after a phase-one trade deal is signed.

Donald Trump ‘may use China trip to push for more concessions in further trade war deal’
PLA’s Hong Kong garrison holds joint drill in city’s harbour in ‘message to radical protesters’

Warships, speedboats, armed helicopters, infantry and special troops take part in joint air and sea exercise on Friday.

3 Jan 2020 - 9:44PM

Warships, speedboats, armed helicopters, infantry and special troops take part in joint air and sea exercise on Friday.

PLA’s Hong Kong garrison holds joint drill in city’s harbour in ‘message to radical protesters’
What’s in a name? A history lesson in the case of China’s new aircraft carrier the Shandong

Aircraft carrier is named after province where it will be based, but it also carries a message aimed at reminding the PLA Navy to learn from past humiliations.

28 Dec 2019 - 11:12AM

Aircraft carrier is named after province where it will be based, but it also carries a message aimed at reminding the PLA Navy to learn from past humiliations.

What’s in a name? A history lesson in the case of China’s new aircraft carrier the Shandong
China military’s new Shandong aircraft carrier set to have smaller fighter jet force than expected

CCTV footage indicates that the Shandong might have just 24 J-15s on board rather than the 36 previously expected.

20 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

CCTV footage indicates that the Shandong might have just 24 J-15s on board rather than the 36 previously expected.

China military’s new Shandong aircraft carrier set to have smaller fighter jet force than expected
China’s aircraft carriers tipped to team up to target foreign forces aiding Taiwan

The Shandong is expected to operate alongside the Liaoning to form a dual-carrier battle group to cut off access to independence forces on the island.

19 Dec 2019 - 6:48AM

The Shandong is expected to operate alongside the Liaoning to form a dual-carrier battle group to cut off access to independence forces on the island.

China’s aircraft carriers tipped to team up to target foreign forces aiding Taiwan
First made-in-China aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially enters service

The country’s second carrier is commissioned into the service by President Xi Jinping in Hainan province.

18 Dec 2019 - 1:17AM

The country’s second carrier is commissioned into the service by President Xi Jinping in Hainan province.

First made-in-China aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially enters service
Chinese President Xi Jinping promotes 170 PLA officers in move to streamline ranking system

Move designed to align senior officers’ ranks with their place in the broader hierarchy.

15 Dec 2019 - 11:14PM

Move designed to align senior officers’ ranks with their place in the broader hierarchy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping promotes 170 PLA officers in move to streamline ranking system
Chinese navy trains top guns to command expanding aircraft carrier fleet

Best pilots from carrier-borne squadrons sent to naval academy for warship training programme to meet ‘urgent need’ for commanders.

12 Dec 2019 - 1:01AM

Best pilots from carrier-borne squadrons sent to naval academy for warship training programme to meet ‘urgent need’ for commanders.

Chinese navy trains top guns to command expanding aircraft carrier fleet
China’s new PCL191 multiple launch rocket system casts shadow over Taiwan Strait

Hardware that appeared without a name at the National Day parade in October is the PLA’s most powerful MLRS ever, experts say.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:22PM

Hardware that appeared without a name at the National Day parade in October is the PLA’s most powerful MLRS ever, experts say.

China’s new PCL191 multiple launch rocket system casts shadow over Taiwan Strait
Chinese, US generals vow to manage military differences, like South China Sea

Chiefs of staff Li Zuocheng and Mark Milley promise to create an ‘opportunity to discuss building a constructive and results-oriented defence relationship’.

4 Dec 2019 - 11:10PM

Chiefs of staff Li Zuocheng and Mark Milley promise to create an ‘opportunity to discuss building a constructive and results-oriented defence relationship’.

Chinese, US generals vow to manage military differences, like South China Sea
China hits back at democracy act by suspending US military port calls in Hong Kong

Beijing says it is also sanctioning US-based NGOs for supporting violence in the special administrative region.

2 Dec 2019 - 11:53PM

Beijing says it is also sanctioning US-based NGOs for supporting violence in the special administrative region.

China hits back at democracy act by suspending US military port calls in Hong Kong
Chinese navy set to build fourth aircraft carrier, but plans for a more advanced ship are put on hold

Military sources say that work on a second Type 002 ship - the most advanced homegrown vessels – could start within two years but plans for a more modern ship appear to have been put on ice.

28 Nov 2019 - 3:21AM

Military sources say that work on a second Type 002 ship - the most advanced homegrown vessels – could start within two years but plans for a more modern ship appear to have been put on ice.

Chinese navy set to build fourth aircraft carrier, but plans for a more advanced ship are put on hold
Will hypersonic DF-17 missile transform Beijing’s Taiwan strategy?

If hypersonic boost-glide missiles can penetrate US shields in Indo-Pacific region, they could prevent warships coming to island’s aid.

16 Nov 2019 - 11:59PM

If hypersonic boost-glide missiles can penetrate US shields in Indo-Pacific region, they could prevent warships coming to island’s aid.

Will hypersonic DF-17 missile transform Beijing’s Taiwan strategy?
China’s air force turns 70 with tales of its dare-to-die Korean war pilots

For the young, inexperienced fliers of the People’s Volunteer Army, crashing into an enemy plane was always an option, according to unprecedented article by an official military newspaper.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:17PM

For the young, inexperienced fliers of the People’s Volunteer Army, crashing into an enemy plane was always an option, according to unprecedented article by an official military newspaper.

China’s air force turns 70 with tales of its dare-to-die Korean war pilots
China’s new supersonic arsenal could give H-6N bomber force greater reach, military experts say

Air force source says supersonic cruise missiles first seen on National Day could allow PLA to hit targets 3,700 miles away.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:30PM

Air force source says supersonic cruise missiles first seen on National Day could allow PLA to hit targets 3,700 miles away.

China’s new supersonic arsenal could give H-6N bomber force greater reach, military experts say
Chinese and US defence chiefs push for stable military ties and to improve cooperation

In first direct talks since Esper took office in July, General Wei Fenghe underlines Beijing’s stand on various thorny issues, from Hong Kong to the South China Sea.

6 Nov 2019 - 10:36PM

In first direct talks since Esper took office in July, General Wei Fenghe underlines Beijing’s stand on various thorny issues, from Hong Kong to the South China Sea.

Chinese and US defence chiefs push for stable military ties and to improve cooperation
Fatal crash highlights Chinese air force’s flaws, with drill and equipment problems implicated in deaths of three, including pilot who flew in National Day military parade

The deaths of three airmen in a helicopter crash and a second accident days later point to problems with training and equipment.

29 Oct 2019 - 12:32AM

The deaths of three airmen in a helicopter crash and a second accident days later point to problems with training and equipment.

Fatal crash highlights Chinese air force’s flaws, with drill and equipment problems implicated in deaths of three, including pilot who flew in National Day military parade
Merger of China’s shipbuilding giants gets the green light

After nearly 10 years of planning, the country’s two shipbuilders will be reunited with a combined revenue of US$141.5 billion.

26 Oct 2019 - 11:26PM

After nearly 10 years of planning, the country’s two shipbuilders will be reunited with a combined revenue of US$141.5 billion.

Merger of China’s shipbuilding giants gets the green light
World wants Beijing and Washington to get on and resolve their differences, Chinese diplomat says

Cooperation must replace rivalry, China doesn’t want to displace or threaten anyone, foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng says at Xiangshan Forum.

22 Oct 2019 - 10:37PM

Cooperation must replace rivalry, China doesn’t want to displace or threaten anyone, foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng says at Xiangshan Forum.

World wants Beijing and Washington to get on and resolve their differences, Chinese diplomat says
US delegates at Beijing security forum set to face tough time over stance on Hong Kong, ‘provocation’ in South China Sea

Senior PLA figures expected to use Xiangshan Forum to take aim at US representatives over Washington’s ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs, member of Chinese delegation says.

20 Oct 2019 - 9:36AM

Senior PLA figures expected to use Xiangshan Forum to take aim at US representatives over Washington’s ‘meddling’ in China’s internal affairs, member of Chinese delegation says.

US delegates at Beijing security forum set to face tough time over stance on Hong Kong, ‘provocation’ in South China Sea
Xi Jinping to open Military World Games in China as PLA goes on charm offensive

Soldiers from 140 countries are expected to take part in 10-day sporting event in Wuhan, which coincides with Xiangshan Forum in Beijing.

16 Oct 2019 - 6:26AM

Soldiers from 140 countries are expected to take part in 10-day sporting event in Wuhan, which coincides with Xiangshan Forum in Beijing.

Xi Jinping to open Military World Games in China as PLA goes on charm offensive
North Korea said to be preparing for another China visit by leader Kim Jong-un

Pyongyang sent working-level officials to Dandong, Liaoning province last week to lay groundwork, according to South Korean newspaper.

5 Oct 2019 - 10:47PM

Pyongyang sent working-level officials to Dandong, Liaoning province last week to lay groundwork, according to South Korean newspaper.

North Korea said to be preparing for another China visit by leader Kim Jong-un
Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong

Ruling will help bring an end to the violence in the city and save young people from further harm, Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission says in a social media commentary.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:39PM

Ruling will help bring an end to the violence in the city and save young people from further harm, Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission says in a social media commentary.

Beijing gives 10 reasons for supporting Carrie Lam’s ban on masks in Hong Kong
Vladimir Putin says Russia is helping China build a missile early warning system

Military observers say cooperation between the two sides helps provide counterbalance to American military might.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:58PM

Military observers say cooperation between the two sides helps provide counterbalance to American military might.

Vladimir Putin says Russia is helping China build a missile early warning system
China rolls out new weapon systems, nuclear-capable missiles in military parade

For China it is a show of how its armed forces have been modernised, but one analyst calls it ‘the ultimate show of insecurity and cold war thinking’.

2 Oct 2019 - 12:15AM

For China it is a show of how its armed forces have been modernised, but one analyst calls it ‘the ultimate show of insecurity and cold war thinking’.

China rolls out new weapon systems, nuclear-capable missiles in military parade
Mass show of advanced military aircraft set for China’s National Day parade

Fly-past will begin with helicopters and feature the country’s new generation warplanes.

28 Sep 2019 - 4:20AM

Fly-past will begin with helicopters and feature the country’s new generation warplanes.

Mass show of advanced military aircraft set for China’s National Day parade