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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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.

4 Oct 2019 - 11:35PM

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
China says National Day military parade ‘won’t disappoint’ in scale or advanced weapons

President Xi Jinping will inspect 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 active weapon systems during the event on October 1.

25 Sep 2019 - 12:35AM

President Xi Jinping will inspect 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 active weapon systems during the event on October 1.

China says National Day military parade ‘won’t disappoint’ in scale or advanced weapons
China's role in joint drill with Iran and Russia limited to anti-piracy forces, analysts say

Beijing wants to avoid being drawn into conflicts in the Middle East, a region that is crucial to the country’s oil supplies.

24 Sep 2019 - 11:18AM

Beijing wants to avoid being drawn into conflicts in the Middle East, a region that is crucial to the country’s oil supplies.

China's role in joint drill with Iran and Russia limited to anti-piracy forces, analysts say
China’s National Day parade to showcase advances in nuclear deterrence

Military experts say PLA modernisation brought about during Xi Jinping’s presidency will be the main focus of October 1 celebration in Beijing.

23 Sep 2019 - 12:06AM

Military experts say PLA modernisation brought about during Xi Jinping’s presidency will be the main focus of October 1 celebration in Beijing.

China’s National Day parade to showcase advances in nuclear deterrence
Lennon Wall clean-up campaign brings scuffles and arguments but no violent clashes between pro-Beijing camp and Hong Kong anti-government protesters

Lawmaker Junius Ho and supporters tore down Post-it notes at sites across the city – but protesters mostly waited a bit and put up new messages.

22 Sep 2019 - 7:29AM

Lawmaker Junius Ho and supporters tore down Post-it notes at sites across the city – but protesters mostly waited a bit and put up new messages.

Lennon Wall clean-up campaign brings scuffles and arguments but no violent clashes between pro-Beijing camp and Hong Kong anti-government protesters
Hong Kong protests: Lennon Walls targeted in ‘clean-up operation’ by pro-government activists, MTR stations to close ahead of planned demonstrations

Chaos fears lead rail operator to announce closure of two MTR stations as Hong Kong enters 16th straight weekend of demonstrations.

21 Sep 2019 - 1:57PM

Chaos fears lead rail operator to announce closure of two MTR stations as Hong Kong enters 16th straight weekend of demonstrations.

Hong Kong protests: Lennon Walls targeted in ‘clean-up operation’ by pro-government activists, MTR stations to close ahead of planned demonstrations
China to deploy Sharp Sword stealth drone for new Type 001A aircraft carrier

Military sources say warship will be equipped with reconnaissance version of the UAV, and the vessel is expected to enter service later this year.

18 Sep 2019 - 3:48AM

Military sources say warship will be equipped with reconnaissance version of the UAV, and the vessel is expected to enter service later this year.

China to deploy Sharp Sword stealth drone for new Type 001A aircraft carrier
Hong Kong police search latest pop-up location of protester-friendly hardware store – but nothing illegal found

Shop owned by Lee Ching-hei and two partners was the sixth pop-up location opened since August 3 – with the others lasting about a week.

15 Sep 2019 - 12:11AM

Shop owned by Lee Ching-hei and two partners was the sixth pop-up location opened since August 3 – with the others lasting about a week.

Hong Kong police search latest pop-up location of protester-friendly hardware store – but nothing illegal found
Chinese fighter jets seen in skies over Beijing as preparations for National Day parade step up

October 1 event is intended to be a showcase for military’s progress under Xi Jinping, with J-20 stealth fighters set to take pride of place.

26 Sep 2019 - 12:36PM

October 1 event is intended to be a showcase for military’s progress under Xi Jinping, with J-20 stealth fighters set to take pride of place.

Chinese fighter jets seen in skies over Beijing as preparations for National Day parade step up
Taiwan says local business leader has been missing in mainland China for 14 months

Tsai Jin-shu, the chairman of the Federation of Southern Taiwan Cross-Strait Associations, disappeared while on a trip to Fujian province in July last year, Straits Exchange Foundation says.

13 Sep 2019 - 11:02PM

Tsai Jin-shu, the chairman of the Federation of Southern Taiwan Cross-Strait Associations, disappeared while on a trip to Fujian province in July last year, Straits Exchange Foundation says.

Taiwan says local business leader has been missing in mainland China for 14 months
US Marines ‘remind China of America’s military edge’ with Asia-Pacific drills

The operations aimed to caution Beijing that the US military can carry out amphibious campaigns far from home if Washington needs to intervene in territorial disputes between its allies and China, observers say.

13 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

The operations aimed to caution Beijing that the US military can carry out amphibious campaigns far from home if Washington needs to intervene in territorial disputes between its allies and China, observers say.

US Marines ‘remind China of America’s military edge’ with Asia-Pacific drills
Did Foxconn boss Terry Gou just use mooncakes to announce his run for the Taiwan presidency?

Billionaire businessman delivers pastries to his political allies telling them to ‘stay true to our original intention’.

12 Sep 2019 - 7:15AM

Billionaire businessman delivers pastries to his political allies telling them to ‘stay true to our original intention’.

Did Foxconn boss Terry Gou just use mooncakes to announce his run for the Taiwan presidency?
Hongkongers march on US consulate to call for human rights help

Thousands of protesters march to US consulate in the city, calling on Washington officials to back Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

8 Sep 2019 - 8:25PM

Thousands of protesters march to US consulate in the city, calling on Washington officials to back Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

Hongkongers march on US consulate to call for human rights help
PLA ‘ready to defend Hong Kong’ after morning arrival Beijing says is routine troop rotation

Photos show troops arriving in the city before dawn, with military armoured vehicles exchanged for anti-riot types, before armed helicopters from the Hong Kong Garrison’s air force fly in during daylight.

29 Aug 2019 - 11:53PM

Photos show troops arriving in the city before dawn, with military armoured vehicles exchanged for anti-riot types, before armed helicopters from the Hong Kong Garrison’s air force fly in during daylight.

PLA ‘ready to defend Hong Kong’ after morning arrival Beijing says is routine troop rotation
China to show off advanced nuclear weapons in National Day parade and ‘send message to US about capabilities’

Military sources say the October 1 event in Beijing is intended to highlight its enhanced deterrent capabilities and show off advances of recent years.

29 Aug 2019 - 3:41PM

Military sources say the October 1 event in Beijing is intended to highlight its enhanced deterrent capabilities and show off advances of recent years.

China to show off advanced nuclear weapons in National Day parade and ‘send message to US about capabilities’
China again blocks US Navy port visit as Qingdao request is denied

Blocking of visit by warship follows this month’s denial of requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, as the countries trade barbs about the handling of anti-government protests in the city.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

Blocking of visit by warship follows this month’s denial of requests for two US Navy ships to visit Hong Kong, as the countries trade barbs about the handling of anti-government protests in the city.

China again blocks US Navy port visit as Qingdao request is denied
China’s navy ‘set to pick J-20 stealth jets for its next generation carriers’

Military insiders say the aircraft appears to have beaten the FC-31 in the race to become the PLA Navy’s fighter of the future

27 Aug 2019 - 11:49PM

Military insiders say the aircraft appears to have beaten the FC-31 in the race to become the PLA Navy’s fighter of the future

China’s navy ‘set to pick J-20 stealth jets for its next generation carriers’
Young gun takes on innovation mission in top Chinese fighter jet job

Appointment of 40-year-old to head Shenyang Aircraft Corporation meant to inject new life into ageing manufacturer.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:55AM

Appointment of 40-year-old to head Shenyang Aircraft Corporation meant to inject new life into ageing manufacturer.

Young gun takes on innovation mission in top Chinese fighter jet job
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.

2 Aug 2019 - 5:23AM

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