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John Garnaut

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.

Changing face of Australia's security posture

Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear.

John Garnaut, Asia-Pacific editor So it turns out the US military is not about to base huge B-1 bombers and surveillance planes on Australian air fields to patrol the maritime peripheries of China.

Australia urged to send military to counter China's control over sea lanes

A US Air Force B1-B bomber during a mission over Syria.

John Garnaut and David Wroe Australia should prepare to send military aircraft and ships to the South China Sea to stop China from asserting territorial control across some of the world's most important trading lanes, says a...

Five million visas into Australia this year likely to set new records

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John Garnaut Australia is set to issue more than 5 million visas this year, presenting a range and scale of policy challenges not seen since World War II.

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'Fear and greed' drive Australia's China policy, Tony Abbott tells Angela Merkel

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 in November.

John Garnaut Tony Abbott has admitted at the highest international level that Australia's policies towards China are driven by two emotions: "fear and greed".

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Chinese President's war on corruption finds its way to Brighton

Living in terror: Zheng Jiefu says he is being followed.

John Garnaut, Philip Wen Chinese President Xi Jinping's "You Die, I Live" war against corruption seems a long way from the beachside cul-de-sacs of Brighton.

American Admiral flexing muscles

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John Garnaut After US Admiral Harry Harris took rhetorical aim at the "Great Wall of Sand" he said China was erecting across disputed waters in the South China Sea, in his remarkably blunt speech against Chinese...

US Admiral sounds the alarm at China's intentions in South China Sea

It's artificial islands, like this one planned by China, that are causing alarm around the South China Sea.

John Garnaut A powerful American general has fired a warning at China for rapidly building “a Great Wall” of artificial islands across hotly-contested waters.

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Significance of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank buried under ham-fisted diplomacy

John Garnaut The significance of Australia signing on to the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has largely been buried under the ham-fisted public diplomacy of the Abbott government and Obama...

Australia ready to join $US100 billion China bank

High-level discussions: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

James Massola, John Garnaut Cabinet's National Security Committee has cleared the way for Australia to invest as much as $3 billion to join the China-led US$100 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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Cabinet split over 'Asian bank' after UK's shock support

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop are believed to share concerns over China's proposed Asian bank.

John Garnaut, Philip Wen A shock decision by the United Kingdom to support Beijing's plans for an ambitious new Asian bank has re-opened cabinet divisions about how best to work with rising Chinese power.

Australia scores 'most favoured nation' provisions in FTA with China

Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the signing of the Declaration of Intent on Australia's FTA agreement with China in November.

John Garnaut Australia's biggest-ever bilateral trade deal is set to grow much bigger, with China agreeing to a special ratchet clause that will ensure that future benefits conferred to other countries will flow...

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Make or break for vital trade agreement with United States: Andrew Robb

Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

John Garnaut A huge regional trade agreement which would underpin Barack Obama's "pivot" to Asia could be sealed within weeks, says Trade Minister Andrew Robb. 

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Tony Abbott's soldier pay rise risks dispute with Defence secretary Dennis Richardson

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John Garnaut and David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has risked a dispute with his most experienced official, Dennis Richardson, by undermining decades of work to build a rational and independent system for setting soldier...

Fears Tony Abbott has damaged Bali nine diplomacy

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John Garnaut Senior government sources are dismayed at Tony Abbott's intervention on Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, believing they were making progress before he angered the Indonesians by linking it to...

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Australia's gains at China's expense signal new Free Trade Agreement landscape

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John Garnaut Monday's trade deal reflects a `commitment from the president' to kick-start a new round of trade liberalisation.

The dark shadows behind the power of Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

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Matt Wade and John Garnaut While Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping have been feted in the halls of Australian power, and Modi prepares for another rock star welcome in Melbourne tonight, the placards that line the streets they...

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Australia and India sign new security pact and commit to a future free trade agreement

Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott in Parliament House on Tuesday morning.

Mark Kenny, John Garnaut, and David Wroe Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a dramatic deepening of Australia's defence, security, and economic relationship in a gesture clearly designed to offer a counter-balance to the China...

Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott reveal new India-Australia military agreement

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John Garnaut Australia and India have entered a new era of security and military co-operation based on shared values and aimed at defending a rules-based international order.

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Australia wins good trade deal, reassurance from China despite our friendship with US, Japan

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John Garnaut Australia was supposed to pay a heavy price for the Abbott government sidling closer to the United States and Japan, while pushing back against Chinese territorial misbehaviour.

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Tony Abbott seals free trade deal with Beijing

China's President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott

John Garnaut China's president has arrived in Canberra with what could be the most ambitious free trade agreement it has signed since committing to the World Trade Organisation.

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