Military medical staff fly into Wuhan on an air force transport plane last weekend. Photo: Xinhua

China’s military put to the crisis test in coronavirus call-up

  • The PLA has been sent in to staff hospitals and distribute medical supplies, reprising disaster relief roles it has played before
  • After decades of economic growth, civilian health system not able to meet demand, analyst says
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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Military medical staff fly into Wuhan on an air force transport plane last weekend. Photo: Xinhua
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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.