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John Garnaut is Fairfax Media's Asia Pacific editor. Most recently he was China correspondent. John graduated in law and arts from Monash University and worked for three years as a commercial lawyer at Melbourne firm Hall & Wilcox before joining the Sydney Morning Herald as a cadet in 2002. He became the Economics Correspondent in the Canberra press gallery and in 2007 was posted to Beijing.
John Garnaut Two respected former PNG prime ministers have called for investigations into "possible corrupt activities" involving Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his government's acquisition of a $1.
John Garnaut Until now, the tribal chiefs in Papua New Guinea have been happy to host a hugely profitable natural gas project on their mountainous land.
John Garnaut Just how did the PNG government end up with what is arguably the most important blocking stake in corporate Australia?
John Garnaut Each day China's strongman president, Xi Jinping, puts his broad shoulders to the Shanghai Composite Index and pushes it up the mountain.
John Garnaut The ongoing "train wreck" on the Shanghai Stock Exchange shows how China's economic reform plans have been derailed, says a leading expert.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut Michael Knight paid little mind to the dark haired man walking in his direction, past the luxurious cars and large gates on Mulgoa Street, Brighton.
John Garnaut Political control and market economics continue to collide in China and it's not yet clear that either of them can win.
The 'most important hour of your financial life' can deliver 10 houses and a visa, Chinese investors told
Phillip Wen, John Garnaut It's not just high- end property that Chinese investors are being encouraged to buy: it's house and land packages in the vast suburban hinterland.
John Garnaut Criminals are targeting Australian real estate as a safe haven to launder money and hide the proceeds of crime, according to the national money laundering watchdog.
John Garnaut The real challenges posed by the growing flow of mainland Chinese money into local real estate are about probity, not prices.
A Chinese prisoner's dilemma as man begging for release from Australian prison risks upsetting the delicate relationship with China
John Garnaut The gang of plain-clothed Guangzhou city police arrived at Matthew Ng's apartment with a show of force in the evening, when they knew his family would be watching.
John Garnaut Down on the dairy farm they're talking about what the China free trade agreement will mean for them.
John Garnaut, Gareth Hutchens, David Wroe and Philip Wen Australia has baulked on signing up to a powerful new Chinese development bank amid concerns within the Abbott government that Beijing could use it to expand its strategic influence in...
John Garnaut, Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie Two of the three top managers in the DTZ property services empire left the business just weeks after the man who built it, Hong Kong's chief executive, CY Leung, signed a £4 million agreement...
Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, John Garnaut The Australian Federal Police has been asked to investigate Australian engineering company UGL's secret multi-million-dollar payments to Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and John Garnaut Hong Kong's embattled chief executive, CY Leung, has pocketed millions in secret fees from a listed Australian company in return for supporting its Asian business.
John Garnaut UGL Q&A with Fairfax Media
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will drop free trade agreement with China unless Australia gets same concessions as New Zealand
John Garnaut Australia is prepared to walk away from a much-touted free trade agreement with China unless there are major last-minute concessions on farm products, according to well-placed government sources.
John Garnaut Chinese officials have warned that Hong Kong's "autonomy" is still a privilege.
John Garnaut, Beijing Some of Australia's most influential business leaders were feted in China by an intelligence platform of the People's Liberation Army, a Fairfax investigation has revealed.