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’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.

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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.

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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