China says the French frigate Vendémiaire illegally entered Chinese waters during a passage through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. Photo: Edward Wong

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
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China says the French frigate Vendémiaire illegally entered Chinese waters during a passage through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month. Photo: Edward Wong
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Liu Zhen

Liu Zhen

Liu Zhen joined the Post in 2015 as a reporter on the China desk. She previously worked with Reuters in Beijing.

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.