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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.

US Admiral sounds the alarm of China's intentions in 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.

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


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


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


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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The six main benefits from a free trade agreement with China


John Garnaut So, after 10 years of negotiations, just what does Australia stand to gain from inking a free trade agreement with its biggest trading partner?

Tensions apparent over Asian bank proposal


John Garnaut, Seoul and Gareth Hutchens Australia intends to continue discussions on the proposed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, despite China's reluctance to adhere to World Bank-style governance provisions.

No easy solution to division over China infrastructure bank

Ambushed: Treasurer Joe Hockey

John Garnaut Whatever encouragement Joe Hockey gave to Lou Jiwei's proposal for an Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, it is clear that China's adroit diplomats made the most of it.

Australia will join Chinese development bank, if conditions are met: Tony Abbott

Open to co-operation with Beijing: Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

John Garnaut, Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens The Australian government would join a controversial Chinese-led infrastructure bank if Beijing can meet global governance standards, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, despite reports that cabinet's...


G20 appetiser: Abbott must charm Indonesia's new leader Joko

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John Garnaut Tony Abbott has shown his sceptics he can do business in three of the big four capitals of Asia and today, in Jakarta, he gets the chance to try for the quadrella.

Joko Widodo's blunt warning to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Indonesia's incoming president Joko Widodo.

John Garnaut, Michael Bachelard Indonesia's incoming president has promised a tough approach to issues of sovereignty and issued a blunt warning to Tony Abbott, stating it is unacceptable for the Australian navy to enter Indonesian...

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