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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How Tiananmen crackdown left a deep scar on China’s military psyche

Many of those involved feel profound ‘guilt and shame’ over the lives lost in Beijing 30 years ago, according to two former PLA officers.

4 Jun 2019 - 3:42PM

Many of those involved feel profound ‘guilt and shame’ over the lives lost in Beijing 30 years ago, according to two former PLA officers.

How Tiananmen crackdown left a deep scar on China’s military psyche
Taiwan can learn from Singapore to deal with Beijing and US, former diplomat says

Ex-foreign minister Jason Hu says self-ruled island should maintain peaceful engagement with mainland while edging closer to United States.

3 Jun 2019 - 8:00AM

Ex-foreign minister Jason Hu says self-ruled island should maintain peaceful engagement with mainland while edging closer to United States.

Taiwan can learn from Singapore to deal with Beijing and US, former diplomat says
‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

2 Jun 2019 - 12:57AM

Patrick ­Shanahan’s address to Singapore security forum signals Washington’s willingness to ­engage with Beijing, Chinese colonel says

‘Competition does not mean conflict’: American defence chief leaves door open to cooperation with China
Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble

Washington’s support for Taipei sends ‘wrong message’ to independence-leaning forces on self-ruled island, Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

1 Jun 2019 - 8:45PM

Washington’s support for Taipei sends ‘wrong message’ to independence-leaning forces on self-ruled island, Lieutenant General Shao Yuanming says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

Chinese general tells US to stop using Taiwan, South China Sea to stir up trouble
Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

1 Jun 2019 - 3:07PM

Having the capability to win wars the best way to deter aggressive behaviour in Indo-Pacific, official says at Shangri-La Dialogue.

Erosion of nations’ sovereignty must end, US defence chief Patrick Shanahan tells Asia forum
Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

1 Jun 2019 - 3:23AM

Lee Hsien Loong tells the Shangri-La Dialogue that ‘when the lines start to get drawn, everybody asked, are you my friend or not my friend? And that makes it difficult.’

Singapore prime minister urges China and US not to pressure small nations to take sides during Shangri-La dialogue
Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:57AM

Wei Fenghe meets US counterpart Patrick Shanahan on sidelines of regional security forum in Singapore, with both sides describing talks as ‘constructive’.

Chinese defence chief warns US not to underestimate Beijing on Taiwan during Singapore security forum
China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:18AM

Beijing upgrades representation at Shangri-La Dialogue, with delegation led by Defence Minister Wei Fenghe.

China sends ‘highest-profile’ team to Shangri-La Dialogue amid rising US tensions
China’s navy is being forced to rethink its spending plans as cost of trade war rises

Technological and strategic barriers are also giving PLA Navy pause for thought, analysts say.

26 May 2019 - 11:22PM

Technological and strategic barriers are also giving PLA Navy pause for thought, analysts say.

China’s navy is being forced to rethink its spending plans as cost of trade war rises
Yale University chief stakes support for international students amid China-US academic visa turmoil

Peter Salovey urges US authorities to clarify any concerns about scholarly exchanges, saying unease is growing among students and researchers.

25 May 2019 - 11:31PM

Peter Salovey urges US authorities to clarify any concerns about scholarly exchanges, saying unease is growing among students and researchers.

Yale University chief stakes support for international students amid China-US academic visa turmoil
China to send defence minister to Singapore security conference as tensions with US rise

Observers will be watching to see if General Wei Fenghe holds talks with his American counterpart.

22 May 2019 - 6:58AM

Observers will be watching to see if General Wei Fenghe holds talks with his American counterpart.

China to send defence minister to Singapore security conference as tensions with US rise
China launches two new Type 052D destroyers as it continues drive to strengthen naval force

Advanced warships will boost PLA Navy’s operational capabilities but its focus may soon shift to improving training and logistics.

14 May 2019 - 4:23PM

Advanced warships will boost PLA Navy’s operational capabilities but its focus may soon shift to improving training and logistics.

China launches two new Type 052D destroyers as it continues drive to strengthen naval force
China threatens to blunt US military edge, Pentagon warns

China’s growing international reach adding to mistrust and fuelling US fears of being replaced as world leaders, observers say.

4 May 2019 - 3:14AM

China’s growing international reach adding to mistrust and fuelling US fears of being replaced as world leaders, observers say.

China threatens to blunt US military edge, Pentagon warns
Could this new material help China break the hypersonic weapon heat barrier?

Researchers say they have developed a ceramic-metal composite that can withstand temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Celsius.

2 May 2019 - 1:41AM

Researchers say they have developed a ceramic-metal composite that can withstand temperatures up to 3,000 degrees Celsius.

Could this new material help China break the hypersonic weapon heat barrier?
Beijing ‘tones down’ response after US warships sail through Taiwan Strait

Foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing ‘expressed concern’ to Washington over the transit – a move that usually provokes a stronger reaction.

30 Apr 2019 - 11:29AM

Foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing ‘expressed concern’ to Washington over the transit – a move that usually provokes a stronger reaction.

Beijing ‘tones down’ response after US warships sail through Taiwan Strait
China begins joint naval drills with six Southeast Asian nations

Exercise shows Beijing is keen to boost its influence in region amid growing US activity, analyst says.

26 Apr 2019 - 9:53PM

Exercise shows Beijing is keen to boost its influence in region amid growing US activity, analyst says.

China begins joint naval drills with six Southeast Asian nations
China withdraws PLA Navy anniversary invitation to French warship after Taiwan Strait trip

Source says Beijing feels US egged France into making contentious passage and China had expected its guests to understand sensitivities over the waterway.

26 Apr 2019 - 1:27PM

Source says Beijing feels US egged France into making contentious passage and China had expected its guests to understand sensitivities over the waterway.

China withdraws PLA Navy anniversary invitation to French warship after Taiwan Strait trip
Japanese warship lowers gangway to let Chinese visitors in for a closer look

Vessel among several open to the public in Qingdao for two days to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese navy.

25 Apr 2019 - 12:51AM

Vessel among several open to the public in Qingdao for two days to mark the 70th anniversary of the Chinese navy.

Japanese warship lowers gangway to let Chinese visitors in for a closer look
China puts a damper on navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations as it tries to allay fears over rising strength

Poor weather compounds low-key feel to event as Chinese military seeks to address concerns about its growing strength.

24 Apr 2019 - 7:03PM

Poor weather compounds low-key feel to event as Chinese military seeks to address concerns about its growing strength.

China puts a damper on navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations as it tries to allay fears over rising strength
Xi Jinping makes maritime peace call as Chinese navy powers up for 70th anniversary parade

President urges naval forces around the world to work together to settle disputes.

23 Apr 2019 - 9:40PM

President urges naval forces around the world to work together to settle disputes.

Xi Jinping makes maritime peace call as Chinese navy powers up for 70th anniversary parade
China’s new aircraft carrier, US expected to miss navy’s 70th anniversary fleet review

Thirty-two Chinese warships and 39 aircraft will take part in naval parade in Yellow Sea on Tuesday, along with nearly 20 foreign vessels.

20 Apr 2019 - 11:20PM

Thirty-two Chinese warships and 39 aircraft will take part in naval parade in Yellow Sea on Tuesday, along with nearly 20 foreign vessels.

China’s new aircraft carrier, US expected to miss navy’s 70th anniversary fleet review
Chinese military chiefs set to move PLA service branch headquarters out of Beijing

Military sources say leadership hopes move out of capital will help to improve combat readiness and reduce cronyism.

17 Apr 2019 - 3:09AM

Military sources say leadership hopes move out of capital will help to improve combat readiness and reduce cronyism.

Chinese military chiefs set to move PLA service branch headquarters out of Beijing
First Chinese deepwater rig in South China Sea aims to supply LNG to Greater Bay Area

Once it starts production, liquefied natural gas will be transported to CNOOC’s terminal in Zhuhai to supply energy to the Greater Bay Area.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:36PM

Once it starts production, liquefied natural gas will be transported to CNOOC’s terminal in Zhuhai to supply energy to the Greater Bay Area.

First Chinese deepwater rig in South China Sea aims to supply LNG to Greater Bay Area
China to use 5G technology to tackle flow of refugees, smuggled goods over North Korean border

Border patrol unit signed agreement with China Mobile to build country’s first 5G checkpoint at Yunfeng Reservoir, according to mainland Chinese media.

9 Apr 2019 - 7:21AM

Border patrol unit signed agreement with China Mobile to build country’s first 5G checkpoint at Yunfeng Reservoir, according to mainland Chinese media.

China to use 5G technology to tackle flow of refugees, smuggled goods over North Korean border
Taiwan’s plan to buy 66 F-16 Viper fighter jets from US still on track, defence ministry says

Taipei says deal is proceeding despite reports Washington had shelved it pending its trade negotiations with Beijing.

7 Apr 2019 - 1:57PM

Taipei says deal is proceeding despite reports Washington had shelved it pending its trade negotiations with Beijing.

Taiwan’s plan to buy 66 F-16 Viper fighter jets from US still on track, defence ministry says
Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty as South China Sea dispute rages on

Philippines’ foreign ministry weighs in on controversy over presence of Chinese fleet near contested Thitu Island.

8 Apr 2019 - 12:18PM

Philippines’ foreign ministry weighs in on controversy over presence of Chinese fleet near contested Thitu Island.

Manila accuses Beijing of violating its sovereignty as South China Sea dispute rages on
How a mid-air collision near Hainan 18 years ago spurred China’s military modernisation

Chinese fighter pilot Wang Wei died after his jet collided with a US spy plane near Hainan Island in an incident that ‘set off many changes’ for the PLA.

3 Apr 2019 - 5:42AM

Chinese fighter pilot Wang Wei died after his jet collided with a US spy plane near Hainan Island in an incident that ‘set off many changes’ for the PLA.

How a mid-air collision near Hainan 18 years ago spurred China’s military modernisation
What military hardware will go on show for China’s 70th anniversary parade?

The country’s leadership is reviewing a list of weapons but the final line-up could depend in part on relations with the United States, sources say.

17 Mar 2019 - 11:26PM

The country’s leadership is reviewing a list of weapons but the final line-up could depend in part on relations with the United States, sources say.

What military hardware will go on show for China’s 70th anniversary parade?
PLA invites world’s navies to 70th anniversary review, France and Russia may send aircraft carriers

France and Russia may send aircraft carriers to join China’s flat tops in show of military might and amity as Beijing polishes its image as rising power.

11 Mar 2019 - 11:50PM

France and Russia may send aircraft carriers to join China’s flat tops in show of military might and amity as Beijing polishes its image as rising power.

PLA invites world’s navies to 70th anniversary review, France and Russia may send aircraft carriers
Beijing ‘won’t allow Taiwan reunification to be postponed indefinitely’

Cai Peihui, representing self-ruled island at legislative session, also says mainland will not hesitate to ‘liberate’ Taiwan if it declares independence.

10 Mar 2019 - 11:27PM

Cai Peihui, representing self-ruled island at legislative session, also says mainland will not hesitate to ‘liberate’ Taiwan if it declares independence.

Beijing ‘won’t allow Taiwan reunification to be postponed indefinitely’