China is keen to expand its naval fleet but doing so is a costly business. Photo: AFP

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
  • Despite its massive military expansion, China still lags behind the US, observers say
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China is keen to expand its naval fleet but doing so is a costly business. Photo: AFP
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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.