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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.

China militarises artificial 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...

A Chinese prisoner's dilemma as man begging for release from Australian prison risks upsetting the delicate relationship with China

Matthew Ng with his daughter Isabella in London 2010.

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

Henry Kissinger paid $5m to steer Rio Tinto through Stern Hu debacle and consolidate China links

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John Garnaut American statesman Henry Kissinger pocketed close to US$5 million for guiding mining giant Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu, and build relations with...

Jailed Australian businessman Matthew Ng loses wife, children and isn't told about the death of his oldest daughter for two years

John Garnaut Banker Matthew Ng was arrested at his apartment in the early hours of the morning by a gang of plain-clothed Guangzhou city police in a show of force, bundling him into a van, keeping him up all...

Public service Defence pay backlash grows

Close observers have told Fairfax that the Abbott government's latest policy surprise on defence pay puts at risk decades of painstaking effort to build an equitable, rational and durable defence remuneration system.

Noel Towell, John Garnaut and David Wroe The government denies manipulating figures as criticism of its ADF pay back down grows.

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Welcome to the new Great Game

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John Garnaut Nations large and small are deepening old military ties and forging new ones across the Asia-Pacific. It's the latest version of the new Great Game.

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

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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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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China-Russia Axis: Will 'Putin model' lure Chinese president?

Chinese President Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut There are hints Australia may may need to set new rules in dealings with Chinese president President Xi Jinping.

Australia-Japan military ties are a 'quasi-alliance', say officials

 Tony Abbott with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in Parliament House in July.

John Garnaut Military ties between Australia and Japan have been growing so fast that they amount to a "quasi-alliance".

Indonesia's Joko Widodo focused on solving West Papua problems

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John Garnaut, Michael Bachelard Joko Widodo, who on Monday tomorrow will be inaugurated as Indonesia's second directly elected president, will quickly move to salve the festering grievances of West Papua.

CY Leung sought an extra £3 million from UGL

Audacious: Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

John Garnaut When CY Leung parachuted out of his insolvent property business to make his run for Hong Kong's top job he tried to extract an additional 3 million pounds from Australian firm UGL, emails obtained by...

Call for police investigation into $7million payout to Hong Kong chief C.Y. Leung

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.

Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung faces questions over secret $7m payout from Australian firm

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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.