China’s armed forces will conduct a series of drills off the country’s southeast coast. Photo: AP

China tries to play down Taiwan Strait military exercises to avoid upsetting the US

  • Elite forces mobilised for training exercise, but Beijing describes them as ‘routine drills’ to avoid antagonising America
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China’s armed forces will conduct a series of drills off the country’s southeast coast. Photo: AP
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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.