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.

Marching order: photos give clue to next military line-up

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of military appointments expected to be...

China's leadership transition facing 'chaos'

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John Garnaut, Beijing China's imminent leadership transition is descending into 'chaos', say some close analysts, amid rolling scandals and new signs of factional infighting.

China's factions in struggle for power

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's imminent leadership transition is descending into chaos, say some analysts, amid rolling scandals and signs of factional infighting between the current President and his predecessor.

The A to Z of Chinese politics

Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut AMERICA, China's obsession, the measure of the country's achievement and the mirror in which the Chinese Communist Party defines itself.

The rock star of Chinese politics

Bo Xilai

John Garnaut IN March of each year, the Chinese capital comes to a standstill for the 10-day gathering of the National People's Congress at the Soviet-designed Great Hall of the People.

Lurid details of Heywood murder emerge as accused rolls over

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John Garnaut in Hefei The wife of detained Chinese leader Bo Xilai has accepted murder charges against her while angling for a lighter sentence by informing on the crimes of unnamed others.

Outgoing president warns on corruption

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John Garnaut, Beijing Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that corruption could bring about the collapse of the Communist Party-state, after a year of staggering revelations about wealth amassed by China's leading...

Doubts loom over China 'election'

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John Garnaut CHINA'S most uncertain leadership transition in decades could catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

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.

President warns on corruption

Hu Jintao

John Garnaut BEIJING: The Chinese President, Hu Jintao, has warned that corruption could bring about the collapse of the Communist Party and the state, after a year of staggering revelations about the wealth that...

Corruption fighter Liu latest China casualty

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John Garnaut BEIJING: The most openly ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army appears to have been sidelined following his self-styled ''do-or-die'' fight against corruption in military ranks.

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The fear of freedom

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John Garnaut. At first glance it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the ''Jasmine Revolutions'', which last...

Beware of Western hostile forces

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John Garnaut At first glance, it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the Jasmine Revolutions that rolled...

Elites fight secret battle for China's soul

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John Garnaut Two years ago, China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

Building China's enlightenment

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John Garnaut Two years ago China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

Brawling goes on as party delegates meet

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most fraught and uncertain leadership transition in decades may catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

Little evidence new leader's father a man of the people

Xi Jinping and his father Xi Zhongxun.

John Garnaut WHEN China's long-suffering liberals look for clues about their incoming leader, Xi Jinping, they often take hope from a belief that his father courageously condemned the Beijing massacres that...

High stakes in China's game of thrones

Outspoken: Ji Pomin did not hold back in criticising Jiang Zemin.

John Garnaut Two years ago on June 4, the most sensitive date in the Chinese political calendar, a princeling called Ji Pomin was laying a carpet for his elderly mother when he received an intriguing text message...

A new Chinese dynasty on the rise

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John Garnaut THE stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic...

New faces to sit at China's top table

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John Garnaut, Beijing The stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic...