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 Degree 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 Degree in International Public Affairs from The University of Hong Kong.

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40 years after the Sino-Vietnam border war, Chinese veterans defy official silence to mark the date

Groups of retired military personnel gather in private around China despite Beijing’s reluctance to mark the politically sensitive anniversary.

19 Feb 2019 - 12:07PM
40 years after the Sino-Vietnam border war, Chinese veterans defy official silence to mark the date

Groups of retired military personnel gather in private around China despite Beijing’s reluctance to mark the politically sensitive anniversary.

Border war with Vietnam a lingering wound for China’s forgotten soldiers

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Sino-Vietnamese war in which 7,000 Chinese died, but there will be no commemorations in Beijing.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:45AM
Border war with Vietnam a lingering wound for China’s forgotten soldiers

Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Sino-Vietnamese war in which 7,000 Chinese died, but there will be no commemorations in Beijing.

Submarine arms race seen heating up in Indo-Pacific amid ‘great threat’ from China

After US Indo-Pacific commander told Senate panel America needs to strengthen underwater advantage in region, analysts say US may send more nuclear attack submarines and encourage allies to upgrade fleets.

16 Feb 2019 - 4:27AM
Submarine arms race seen heating up in Indo-Pacific amid ‘great threat’ from China

After US Indo-Pacific commander told Senate panel America needs to strengthen underwater advantage in region, analysts say US may send more nuclear attack submarines and encourage allies to upgrade fleets.

US commander pushes for more funding to counter China’s influence in Indo-Pacific

Admiral Phil Davidson tells Senate panel Beijing is seeking to ‘bend, break and replace the existing rules-based international order’ and warns China has become the ‘principal threat’ to American interests, people and allies.

15 Feb 2019 - 3:26PM
US commander pushes for more funding to counter China’s influence in Indo-Pacific

Admiral Phil Davidson tells Senate panel Beijing is seeking to ‘bend, break and replace the existing rules-based international order’ and warns China has become the ‘principal threat’ to American interests, people and allies.

China’s first aircraft carrier may become test bed for top flight electromagnetic warplane launcher

PLA Navy’s first commissioned carrier and training ship for new generation of pilots could lose its distinctive ski-jump flight deck if newer technology takes over.

10 Feb 2019 - 11:12PM
China’s first aircraft carrier may become test bed for top flight electromagnetic warplane launcher

PLA Navy’s first commissioned carrier and training ship for new generation of pilots could lose its distinctive ski-jump flight deck if newer technology takes over.

Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

The growing US-China naval arms race is putting pressure on Beijing to reconsider its long-standing nuclear policy, analysts say.

7 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM
Is China about to abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear weapons policy?

The growing US-China naval arms race is putting pressure on Beijing to reconsider its long-standing nuclear policy, analysts say.

China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say

Beijing expected to have at least six aircraft carrier battle groups by 2035 after it prioritised modernising its navy, and will equip them with electromagnetic launch catapults similar to those of the US.

6 Feb 2019 - 11:27PM
China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say

Beijing expected to have at least six aircraft carrier battle groups by 2035 after it prioritised modernising its navy, and will equip them with electromagnetic launch catapults similar to those of the US.

Mao Zedong’s ex-pilot reveals all about Chinese leader’s two left feet and love of a hard bed

Cai Yanwei came from the sort of family that faced persecution during the Cultural Revolution, but his skill as a flier kept him alive.

3 Feb 2019 - 11:22PM
Mao Zedong’s ex-pilot reveals all about Chinese leader’s two left feet and love of a hard bed

Cai Yanwei came from the sort of family that faced persecution during the Cultural Revolution, but his skill as a flier kept him alive.

Sun Bo, who led project to build China’s own aircraft carrier, will face court on corruption indictment

While charge sheet says Sun was responsible for causing huge losses to the state, one source claims accused could face death penalty if he compromised national security.

2 Feb 2019 - 3:29AM
Sun Bo, who led project to build China’s own aircraft carrier, will face court on corruption indictment

While charge sheet says Sun was responsible for causing huge losses to the state, one source claims accused could face death penalty if he compromised national security.

Chinese missile drill tests ‘ultimate symbol of PLA destructive potential’ and sends message to the US

CCTV report said rocket forces simulated response to attack by ‘imaginary enemy’ while DF-41 drill tested readiness that became media event for domestic and overseas audiences.

24 Jan 2019 - 10:08PM
Chinese missile drill tests ‘ultimate symbol of PLA destructive potential’ and sends message to the US

CCTV report said rocket forces simulated response to attack by ‘imaginary enemy’ while DF-41 drill tested readiness that became media event for domestic and overseas audiences.

As China tests military muscle, PLA warns Taiwan efforts to resist reunification with force are dead end

Beijing deploys ships, aircraft and ramps up rhetoric as its forces conduct drills close to Taiwanese airspace.

29 Dec 2018 - 6:05AM
As China tests military muscle, PLA warns Taiwan efforts to resist reunification with force are dead end

Beijing deploys ships, aircraft and ramps up rhetoric as its forces conduct drills close to Taiwanese airspace.

Chinese missile force puts new Russian S-400 air defence system to the test

PLA Rocket Force reportedly shot down ‘simulated ballistic target’ almost 250km away and moving at 3km per second.

27 Dec 2018 - 4:36AM
Chinese missile force puts new Russian S-400 air defence system to the test

PLA Rocket Force reportedly shot down ‘simulated ballistic target’ almost 250km away and moving at 3km per second.

China makes turbine blade breakthrough that could give Type 055 guided-missile destroyers an edge

‘Milestone’ advance on China’s hi-tech goals was a result of cooperation with a Russian company, a shipbuilding source said.

27 Dec 2018 - 3:31AM
China makes turbine blade breakthrough that could give Type 055 guided-missile destroyers an edge

‘Milestone’ advance on China’s hi-tech goals was a result of cooperation with a Russian company, a shipbuilding source said.

China makes ‘big progress’ on nuclear strike range with new submarine-launched missile

Navy carried out a flight test in the Yellow Sea late last month, though its range of 9,000km is still far behind that of the American and Russian submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

21 Dec 2018 - 5:01AM
China makes ‘big progress’ on nuclear strike range with new submarine-launched missile

Navy carried out a flight test in the Yellow Sea late last month, though its range of 9,000km is still far behind that of the American and Russian submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

Chinese shipbuilder CSIC races to get aircraft carriers fully operational

Liaoning is undergoing a revamp at Dalian shipyard, while the Type 001A is expected to start a fourth sea trial in the coming days.

20 Dec 2018 - 2:41PM
Chinese shipbuilder CSIC races to get aircraft carriers fully operational

Liaoning is undergoing a revamp at Dalian shipyard, while the Type 001A is expected to start a fourth sea trial in the coming days.

Death penalty may await Sun Bo, boss of Chinese aircraft carrier firm CSIC, for alleged spying role

Details are unclear but signs point to deep trouble for Sun Bo over espionage claims.

19 Dec 2018 - 4:59AM
Death penalty may await Sun Bo, boss of Chinese aircraft carrier firm CSIC, for alleged spying role

Details are unclear but signs point to deep trouble for Sun Bo over espionage claims.

Deputy head of Chinese shipbuilder sacked and expelled from Communist Party

Graft-buster finds Sun Bo guilty of trading power for financial gain and taking bribes, but sources say he was investigated for passing information about China’s first aircraft carrier to foreign intelligence agents.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:54AM
Deputy head of Chinese shipbuilder sacked and expelled from Communist Party

Graft-buster finds Sun Bo guilty of trading power for financial gain and taking bribes, but sources say he was investigated for passing information about China’s first aircraft carrier to foreign intelligence agents.

China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers say

Tokyo says it wants to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers so they can carry and launch fighter jets; the move would be a first since Japan adopted its pacifist constitution.

15 Dec 2018 - 6:30AM
China may use Japan’s aircraft carrier plan to push through more military spending, observers say

Tokyo says it wants to upgrade its Izumo-class destroyers so they can carry and launch fighter jets; the move would be a first since Japan adopted its pacifist constitution.

Can South China Sea conflict between Washington and Beijing be avoided?

Experts say a showdown could easily spin out of control amid urgent calls for new security talks before the two major powers stumble into a shooting war.

13 Dec 2018 - 6:55PM
Can South China Sea conflict between Washington and Beijing be avoided?

Experts say a showdown could easily spin out of control amid urgent calls for new security talks before the two major powers stumble into a shooting war.

Deng Xiaoping’s top aide in Chinese army, Wang Ruilin, dies aged 88

Wang, who will be buried in Beijing on Monday, worked for China’s paramount leader off and on for decades, and shared his roller-coaster ride through the Cultural Revolution.

9 Dec 2018 - 11:28PM
Deng Xiaoping’s top aide in Chinese army, Wang Ruilin, dies aged 88

Wang, who will be buried in Beijing on Monday, worked for China’s paramount leader off and on for decades, and shared his roller-coaster ride through the Cultural Revolution.

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