John Garnaut

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.

APRIL 2013

All the toys, but can China fight?

John Garnaut, Beijing China's Xi Jinping has warned his corruption-riddled military to clean up its act and be ready for battle.

Leader's ploy more than naval gazing

China fleet

John Garnaut Every morning at 6am, more than two dozen of the world's leading submarine watchers, aviation experts, government specialists, imagery analysts, cryptanalysts, and linguists gather at the...

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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Nick O'Malley, Washington and John Garnaut, Beijing Late one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home in Iowa.

Shoulder to shoulder, leaders jostle for superiority

Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin and Wen Jiabao.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It hasn't quite the same feel as a Barack Obama acceptance speech but, for aficionados of Chinese politics, the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress is as good as it gets.

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping is 'the man for the times', says Rudd

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut CHINA'S incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is "the man for the times" who will transform the Chinese economy and reach a new security accommodation with the US President, Barack Obama, the former prime...

Rising without a trace

Xi Jinping at the banquet in Beijing last month commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

John Garnaut, Liangjiahe, China After seven years toiling with the masses, Xi Jinping's remarkable transformation will culminate in him taking control of the world's second most powerful nation.

The rise and fall of empire

Nick O'Malley, John Garnaut LATE one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home on a bluff that rises over the little town of Muscatine, Iowa, and...

Leader cast from clay of Yellow Earth

Xi Jinping

John Garnaut If every modern president needs a creation myth then Xi Jinping's begins on the dusty loess plateau of north-west China.

China's new leader right man for times: Rudd

President in waiting Xi Jinping and former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

John Garnaut, Beijing China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is 'the man for the times' who will transform the Chinese economy and reach a new security accommodation with US President Barack Obama, says former prime...

North Korea nuclear test alarms the neighbours

South Korean passengers watch TV news reporting North Korea's apparent nuclear test, at the Seoul train station on February 12, 2013.  North Korea's apparent nuclear test had an explosive yield of between six and seven kilotons, South Korea's defence ministry said, revising its earlier estimate of 10 kilotons or more. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said seismic monitors had detected a tremor with a 4.9 magnitude emanating from the North's nuclear test site.       AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN

John Garnaut BEIJING: North Korea has once again defied the world to conduct its third nuclear test, taking the hermit kingdom a step closer to a credible nuclear weapon that could theoretically strike the United...

Chinese sceptics see global warming as US conspiracy

Chinese workers eat their meals near a windmill.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It's not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming.

US-China 'meeting' gets straight down to tin tacks

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John Garnaut IT'S a measure of how far expectations have fallen that the White House is refusing to use the word ''summit'' to describe this week's encounters between the world's two most powerful leaders,...

China-US thaw will upset neighbouring dictators

John Garnaut BEIJING: China rolled out the red carpet this week not only for Burma's dictator, General Than Shwe but, more surprisingly, a lower level delegation from the White House.

Japan warns of nuclear safety 'myth'

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda shake hands as they pose ahead of the first plenary session of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Seoul on March 27, 2012.  World leaders including US President Barack Obama have begun a two-day summit in South Korea aimed at curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, organisers said.  The leaders or top officials from 53 countries, plus Interpol and three other international organisations, officially began the event with a working dinner hosted by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. AFP PHOTO/YONHAP/ POOL REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

John Garnaut The Japanese Prime Minister warned a nuclear security summit yesterday that the world must not be lulled into a ''myth of safety'', following lessons learnt from the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at...