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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US upgrades defensive ‘buffer’ in Pacific as China’s military capabilities increase

Satellite images show work on the remote base on Wake Island, which could play a key defensive role in event of conflict in the western Pacific.

9 Jul 2020 - 11:57PM

Satellite images show work on the remote base on Wake Island, which could play a key defensive role in event of conflict in the western Pacific.

US upgrades defensive ‘buffer’ in Pacific as China’s military capabilities increase
India seeks to boost air defences to match China amid rising border tensions

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh used a visit to Moscow to urge Russia to speed up delivery of its S-400 system, which the PLA already has.

25 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh used a visit to Moscow to urge Russia to speed up delivery of its S-400 system, which the PLA already has.

India seeks to boost air defences to match China amid rising border tensions
US aims for space superiority over China and Russia in new defence strategy

Pentagon identifies the two countries as greatest strategic threats to US, saying they have ‘weaponised space’.

19 Jun 2020 - 6:18AM

Pentagon identifies the two countries as greatest strategic threats to US, saying they have ‘weaponised space’.

US aims for space superiority over China and Russia in new defence strategy
China keen to play down India clash before key meeting with US, insiders say

Beijing ‘wants to de-escalate the situation ahead of the Yang-Pompeo’ talks, according to source close to People’s Liberation Army.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:05PM

Beijing ‘wants to de-escalate the situation ahead of the Yang-Pompeo’ talks, according to source close to People’s Liberation Army.

China keen to play down India clash before key meeting with US, insiders say
China-US close encounters ‘raise conflict risk in South China Sea’

Warships from both countries came within 100m of each other in April, Chinese military insider says.

16 Jun 2020 - 10:45PM

Warships from both countries came within 100m of each other in April, Chinese military insider says.

China-US close encounters ‘raise conflict risk in South China Sea’
South China Sea: Beijing must learn to lead and share in disputed waters, experts say

China says its island-building in the Spratlys and other areas will benefit the world, but its closest neighbours are not so sure.

15 Jun 2020 - 2:58PM

China says its island-building in the Spratlys and other areas will benefit the world, but its closest neighbours are not so sure.

South China Sea: Beijing must learn to lead and share in disputed waters, experts say
China puts rising star in command of forces in border face-off against India

New commander Xu Qiling is younger than his Western Theatre Command predecessor and has experience in four of the PLA’s five theatre commands.

10 Jun 2020 - 2:33PM

New commander Xu Qiling is younger than his Western Theatre Command predecessor and has experience in four of the PLA’s five theatre commands.

China puts rising star in command of forces in border face-off against India
China, India must not allow nationalist fervour to inflame border conflict, observers say

Some officials in New Delhi think they can take advantage of the tensions between Beijing and Washington, Chinese academic says.

7 Jun 2020 - 8:16AM

Some officials in New Delhi think they can take advantage of the tensions between Beijing and Washington, Chinese academic says.

China, India must not allow nationalist fervour to inflame border conflict, observers say
China-India dispute highlights both sides’ growing military presence at border

Deployment of Chinese advanced weapon systems is designed to show India the PLA’s capability, expert says, as friction echoes 2017’s confrontation in Doklam.

4 Jun 2020 - 11:15PM

Deployment of Chinese advanced weapon systems is designed to show India the PLA’s capability, expert says, as friction echoes 2017’s confrontation in Doklam.

China-India dispute highlights both sides’ growing military presence at border
PLA holds high altitude exercise as China-India border tensions continue

The recent drill in Tibet included drones and explosives to put troops to test in extreme, complicated situations.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:04PM

The recent drill in Tibet included drones and explosives to put troops to test in extreme, complicated situations.

PLA holds high altitude exercise as China-India border tensions continue
Border skirmish becomes battle of spin as Indian and Chinese soldiers turn to social media

WeChat and YouTube become new fighting arenas for soldiers but their governments are playing down Himalayan clashes.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:46PM

WeChat and YouTube become new fighting arenas for soldiers but their governments are playing down Himalayan clashes.

Border skirmish becomes battle of spin as Indian and Chinese soldiers turn to social media
Beijing’s plans for South China Sea air defence identification zone cover Pratas, Paracel and Spratly islands, PLA source says

Plans for airspace controls over one of the world’s most disputed waterways have been in the pipeline for a decade, military insider says.

1 Jun 2020 - 11:49AM

Plans for airspace controls over one of the world’s most disputed waterways have been in the pipeline for a decade, military insider says.

Beijing’s plans for South China Sea air defence identification zone cover Pratas, Paracel and Spratly islands, PLA source says
Chinese general says Beijing will ‘resolutely smash’ any separatist moves by Taiwan

Li Zuocheng says collusion between independence and foreign forces is a ‘great and realistic threat’ to peaceful development of relations.

30 May 2020 - 8:52AM

Li Zuocheng says collusion between independence and foreign forces is a ‘great and realistic threat’ to peaceful development of relations.

Chinese general says Beijing will ‘resolutely smash’ any separatist moves by Taiwan
PLA drill in South China Sea about combat readiness, not seizing Taiwanese islands, experts say

Taipei-controlled Pratas and Taiping islands lost their geostrategic importance to Beijing after it developed eight artificial islands nearby, military observer says.

25 May 2020 - 8:21AM

Taipei-controlled Pratas and Taiping islands lost their geostrategic importance to Beijing after it developed eight artificial islands nearby, military observer says.

PLA drill in South China Sea about combat readiness, not seizing Taiwanese islands, experts say
China’s 6.6 per cent defence spending boost marks slowest growth in three decades

Budget of US$178 billion announced as the country faces growing security risks and economic impact of coronavirus pandemic.

23 May 2020 - 12:43AM

Budget of US$178 billion announced as the country faces growing security risks and economic impact of coronavirus pandemic.

China’s 6.6 per cent defence spending boost marks slowest growth in three decades
US plans satellite network to track hypersonic weapons of China and Russia

Pentagon agency’s goal is to have 150 interconnected probes operating in low-Earth orbit by 2024.

21 May 2020 - 6:00AM

Pentagon agency’s goal is to have 150 interconnected probes operating in low-Earth orbit by 2024.

US plans satellite network to track hypersonic weapons of China and Russia
China’s military seeks bigger budget amid growing threat of US conflict

Insiders say the PLA will want to match or exceed last year’s 7.5 per cent growth rate as tensions mount on several fronts.

21 May 2020 - 4:23PM

Insiders say the PLA will want to match or exceed last year’s 7.5 per cent growth rate as tensions mount on several fronts.

China’s military seeks bigger budget amid growing threat of US conflict
China tries to calm ‘nationalist fever’ as calls for invasion of Taiwan grow

Loud calls on social media urge Beijing to strike while world is busy with coronavirus crisis, but observers say the authorities do not want to be rushed.

11 May 2020 - 4:19PM

Loud calls on social media urge Beijing to strike while world is busy with coronavirus crisis, but observers say the authorities do not want to be rushed.

China tries to calm ‘nationalist fever’ as calls for invasion of Taiwan grow
Coronavirus response: China’s military may have filled the gap left by the US but it’s only temporary, experts say

The People’s Liberation Army has dispatched medical teams and vital supplies around the world to help fight Covid-19, but trust issues and a lack of experience are likely to curtail its ambitions to be a global leader, observers say.

9 May 2020 - 11:00PM

The People’s Liberation Army has dispatched medical teams and vital supplies around the world to help fight Covid-19, but trust issues and a lack of experience are likely to curtail its ambitions to be a global leader, observers say.

Coronavirus response: China’s military may have filled the gap left by the US but it’s only temporary, experts say
‘Too costly’: Chinese military strategist warns now is not the time to take back Taiwan by force

Qiao Liang, seen as a hawkish voice in China, makes remarks amid rising nationalistic sentiment, with calls for Beijing to take action on the self-ruled island.

5 May 2020 - 12:04AM

Qiao Liang, seen as a hawkish voice in China, makes remarks amid rising nationalistic sentiment, with calls for Beijing to take action on the self-ruled island.

‘Too costly’: Chinese military strategist warns now is not the time to take back Taiwan by force
China’s long-range Xian H-20 stealth bomber could make its debut this year

Beijing ‘carefully considering’ unveiling the plane at the Zhuhai Airshow in November at a time of heightened regional tension.

4 May 2020 - 9:28AM

Beijing ‘carefully considering’ unveiling the plane at the Zhuhai Airshow in November at a time of heightened regional tension.

China’s long-range Xian H-20 stealth bomber could make its debut this year
China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier returns home from a month of training

Warship joined by at least five escort vessels and analysts say the drills were ‘very significant’ to show the strike group wasn’t hit by coronavirus.

2 May 2020 - 11:20PM

Warship joined by at least five escort vessels and analysts say the drills were ‘very significant’ to show the strike group wasn’t hit by coronavirus.

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier returns home from a month of training
Chinese navy puts two new nuclear submarines into service

The vessels are upgraded versions of a Jin-class sub and join the PLA fleet in time for the military wing’s 71st anniversary.

30 Apr 2020 - 5:03AM

The vessels are upgraded versions of a Jin-class sub and join the PLA fleet in time for the military wing’s 71st anniversary.

Chinese navy puts two new nuclear submarines into service
Looking beyond the coronavirus, military powers jostle for dominance in Indo-Pacific region

Taiwan Strait and South China Sea are settings for China and the US to assert influence with naval displays and military exercises.

20 May 2020 - 3:10PM

Taiwan Strait and South China Sea are settings for China and the US to assert influence with naval displays and military exercises.

Looking beyond the coronavirus, military powers jostle for dominance in Indo-Pacific region
Chinese military lashes out at American warship’s ‘intrusion’ in South China Sea

PLA scrambles air and sea patrols near Paracel Islands in response to what it says is violation of Chinese sovereignty.

29 Apr 2020 - 12:47AM

PLA scrambles air and sea patrols near Paracel Islands in response to what it says is violation of Chinese sovereignty.

Chinese military lashes out at American warship’s ‘intrusion’ in South China Sea
Chinese and US militaries on Covid-19 alert in Djibouti as rivals face common threat

Both countries act to pre-empt potential outbreaks, with measures imposed at China’s only overseas base and the US’ largest African installation.

24 Apr 2020 - 11:28PM

Both countries act to pre-empt potential outbreaks, with measures imposed at China’s only overseas base and the US’ largest African installation.

Chinese and US militaries on Covid-19 alert in Djibouti as rivals face common threat
China dismisses US claims it carried out a nuclear test as ‘a distortion of the facts’

China has ‘always adopted a responsible attitude [to arms control treaties], earnestly fulfilling the international obligations and promises it has assumed’, foreign ministry says.

16 Apr 2020 - 10:45PM

China has ‘always adopted a responsible attitude [to arms control treaties], earnestly fulfilling the international obligations and promises it has assumed’, foreign ministry says.

China dismisses US claims it carried out a nuclear test as ‘a distortion of the facts’
PLA flexes military muscle near Taiwan ‘in show of Covid-19 control’ to virus-hit US

People’s Liberation Army resumes disrupted drills, including flotilla exercise in Miyako Strait in absence of US aircraft carriers.

15 Apr 2020 - 5:04AM

People’s Liberation Army resumes disrupted drills, including flotilla exercise in Miyako Strait in absence of US aircraft carriers.

PLA flexes military muscle near Taiwan ‘in show of Covid-19 control’ to virus-hit US
China develops fighter jet for training new generation of aircraft carrier pilots

Adapted JL-9 designed for use with the catapult launch system on the Type 002 carrier, which is still in construction.

5 Apr 2020 - 10:29PM

Adapted JL-9 designed for use with the catapult launch system on the Type 002 carrier, which is still in construction.

China develops fighter jet for training new generation of aircraft carrier pilots
Chinese military scientists hope to test coronavirus vaccine abroad

Results from a first-stage clinical trial will be published this month, but researchers say more extensive tests would best be conducted overseas.

2 Apr 2020 - 12:32PM

Results from a first-stage clinical trial will be published this month, but researchers say more extensive tests would best be conducted overseas.

Chinese military scientists hope to test coronavirus vaccine abroad