After China embarked on nuclear and space programmes in 1964, hundreds of PLA soldiers, officers and researchers spent decades in remote parts of the country developing and testing technology. Photo: Reuters

Back to the future of self-reliance for China’s military technology

Xi Jinping invokes the Chinese scientific successes of the past to modernise the armed forces, but can the country really go it alone?

Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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After China embarked on nuclear and space programmes in 1964, hundreds of PLA soldiers, officers and researchers spent decades in remote parts of the country developing and testing technology. Photo: Reuters
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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.