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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.

Beware of Western hostile forces

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...

China takes great leap into the unknown

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John Garnaut BEIJING: Hopes are evaporating that key reform-minded leaders will squeeze into the new team that will lead China for the next five years.

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Fresh faces reveal the influence of powerbrokers from the past

John Garnaut Hu Jintao underscored one legacy challenge that looms larger than the rest: corruption.

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Notable in their absence: the potential leaders of a true revolution

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John Garnaut IT IS A measure of the scale of China's challenges and aspirations that Hu Jintao is widely seen as a disappointment despite handing over an economy that is four times larger in US dollar terms than...

China's fresh start still mired in old traditions

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John Garnaut BEIJING: Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, has been handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

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The political explosion of Bo Xilai

John Garnaut He was the rock star of Chinese politics and his fall from the stage was spectacular.

The man who might have been king

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on 12 March 2007 Chinese politician Bo Xilai gestures during a press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.    A sensational political scandal unfolding in China has exposed the high level of impunity enjoyed by elites at a time when social tensions are rising, highlighting the need for change, observers say.     AFP PHOTO/FILES/Frederic J. BROWN

John Garnaut E very March, 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.

Xi takes control in China's new era

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John Garnaut Xi Jinping has walked on stage after a fraught and unexpected delay to take the reins of the world’s most powerful political organisation.

China's new man pledges growth

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John Garnaut, Beijing Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

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.