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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.

How one man endured the China stock market rollercoaster ride

John Garnaut, Philip Wen Gao Bei'er never set out to be a gambler. To the contrary, he is a university-trained salary man, a rational thinker, who does everything he can to provide opportunities that he never had to his...

US to retreat on innovative biologic medicines in Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact

The United States is poised to concede some ground on protections it has sought for biopharmaceuticals in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

John Garnaut, Asia Pacific Editor The United States is preparing to retreat from demands that could have pushed the price of innovative medicines out of reach of millions of patients with intractable diseases, as ministers arrive in...

TPP: Australia on the verge of joining huge new Pacific trade deal

There's easy money to be had by switching accounts.

John Garnaut Australia is on the cusp of joining a huge new US-led trade deal which will "set the rules" for doing business in the region at the expense of China.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak denies corruption claims

A spokesman for Najib Razak says corruption links to the Malaysian Prime Minister are 'baseless smears and insinuations'.

John Garnaut, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has pointed to his famous predecessor, Mahathir Mohamed, as the likely source of allegations that implicate the PM in an Australian corruption scandal.

Bribery scandal linked to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak has been linked to a corruption scandal.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut Malaysia is blocking Australian government requests to hand over sensitive information involving a corruption scandal linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Julie Bishop vows to get tough on Papua New Guinea money laundering

Lawyer Greg Sheppard explains how to avoid detection when making illegal payments to foreign politicians.

John Garnaut, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has promised that Australia will not be "a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption" in Papua New Guinea, as police in both countries probe the role of...

AFP launches raids in Melbourne over Malaysia property 'kickback' deals

Australian Federal Police conduct a raid on a house in Vermont South on Thursday.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut Australian properties valued at a total of about $80 million are implicated in dealings by a group of high-ranking Malaysians.

Melbourne property deal rocks Malaysian government

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, centre, addresses the media

John Garnaut, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker The Malaysian Prime Minister has been forced to order an investigation into his own government's role in the allegedly corrupt payment of $4.

Melbourne suburbs property packages China-style: house, land and a visa

The Riverina Rise housing development in Melton South.

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.

Top lawyers caught in undercover sting; police urged to investigate

Former Queensland crown prosecutor Greg Sheppard.  Acts for “Prime Ministers, Ministers of State and businessmen” in PNG. The “only way”
to bribe foreign politicians and avoid
getting caught is to pay “small dribs and drabs” disguised as commercial transactions.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut Federal police are being urged to investigate Australia's role as a safe haven for corrupt funds from overseas after a pair of top lawyers were caught on secret video explaining how to shift money...

Steering corrupt cash into Australia from PNG: a how-to guide

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut Just get a lawyer to issue an inflated invoice, then cream off the top.

Corrupt overseas buyers ramp up property price, burn locals

Melbourne skyline

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Garnaut The first hard evidence has emerged of Australian property prices being inflated as real estate is used as a safe haven or money laundering hub by corrupt foreign nationals.

Yes, corrupt cash is flooding in to property. How much? We don't know.

Dudley International House, in Caulfield East, was sold in 2013 for $22.5 million - a lot more than it appeared to be worth.

John Garnaut There is a king-tide of offshore money washing into real estate, but is it really lifting prices out of reach for ordinary Australians?

China militarises artificial islands

China dredges for land reclamation on the Spratly islands.

John Garnaut and David Wroe China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea.

China moves weapons on to artificial islands in South China Sea

Reclamation: A satellite image taken in April shows a Chinese airstrip under construction on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.

John Garnaut China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea, adding to the risks of a confrontation with the United States and its regional security...

America, and now Australia, muscle up to China

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John Garnaut The problem for China's President Xi Jinping is that the harder he pushes at his borders, and the more muscle he devotes to the cause, the more the world pushes back.

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

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 police pursued a man to Australia on a 'fox hunt' without permission

Dong Feng.

John Garnaut, Philip Wen The Abbott government summonsed senior Chinese diplomats to express "deep concerns" after Chinese police travelled to Melbourne to pursue a tour bus driver accused of bribery.

Jailed Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu wants Tony Abbott’s help

John Garnaut Stern Hu's confession of bribery was made after a promise that co-operation with Chinese authorities would directly lead to freedom.

Mercy bid risks China prison deal

John Garnaut The first Australian to benefit from a prisoner swap deal with China is asking to be released on ‘‘mercy’’ grounds after the death of his daughter, posing a serious test for...