A Chinese frigate launches a missile during a naval drill in the East China Sea on Thursday. Experts said China was keen to step up its combat readiness in light of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Photo: Weibo

China’s navy puts on show of strength for North Korea ... and United States’ east Asia alliance

Exercise in East China Sea designed to demonstrate navy’s anti-missile and emergency response capabilities, military says

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A Chinese frigate launches a missile during a naval drill in the East China Sea on Thursday. Experts said China was keen to step up its combat readiness in light of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Photo: Weibo
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Minnie Chan

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.