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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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’
Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions

Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year.

6 Mar 2019 - 1:14AM

Funding will rise to US$175.98 billion in 2019 – up by 7.5 per cent from 2018 but less than the 8.1 per cent growth last year.

Modernising military remains top priority as China boosts defence spending to US$175.98 billion after announcement in Two Sessions
China keeps lid on military spending for fourth year in a row

Defence budget’s annual increases have slowed to single digits since 2016 while military continues to modernise, as legislature spokesman says spending will be defensive and not a threat to other countries.

4 Mar 2019 - 11:31PM

Defence budget’s annual increases have slowed to single digits since 2016 while military continues to modernise, as legislature spokesman says spending will be defensive and not a threat to other countries.

China keeps lid on military spending for fourth year in a row
China’s new veterans’ law to be reviewed at National People’s Congress next week

Campaigners welcome news as veterans of wars and nuclear programmes continue to fight for better rights.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:47PM

Campaigners welcome news as veterans of wars and nuclear programmes continue to fight for better rights.

China’s new veterans’ law to be reviewed at National People’s Congress next week
China’s military needs checks on power to stamp out corruption, top adviser says

Accountability central to realising ambitions to be a modern fighting force, professor says.

23 Feb 2019 - 3:53AM

Accountability central to realising ambitions to be a modern fighting force, professor says.

China’s military needs checks on power to stamp out corruption, top adviser says
Honouring of wounded PLA mine sweeper triggers poignant memories for Sino-Vietnamese war veterans

Du Fuguo lost his arms and eyes to an explosion during mine clearance operations along the China-Vietnam border. Nearly 40 soldiers have been hurt since 2014 clearing mines in China’s southwest Yunnan province.

27 Feb 2019 - 12:54PM

Du Fuguo lost his arms and eyes to an explosion during mine clearance operations along the China-Vietnam border. Nearly 40 soldiers have been hurt since 2014 clearing mines in China’s southwest Yunnan province.

Honouring of wounded PLA mine sweeper triggers poignant memories for Sino-Vietnamese war veterans
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.

20 Feb 2019 - 11:27AM

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

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

20 Feb 2019 - 11:26AM

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Chinese shipbuilder CSIC races to get aircraft carriers fully operational
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

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

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