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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.

Gu walks Madame Mao's tightrope

John Garnaut The last time the Chinese Communist Party put one of its leading wives on trial it was the fiery Madame Mao, accused of a leading role in the persecution of precisely 727,420 people during the...

Ferrari crash link to China leader exposed

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John Garnaut, Beijing A sordid tragedy involving a 20-something playboy, two scantily-clad women and a two-seater Ferrari has once again exposed the Communist Party's challenges in hiding its dirty laundry in the...

China's whistleblower police chief charged

China's Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai and Deputy Mayor of Chongqing Wang Lijun

John Garnaut, Beijing THE coming trial of China's most famous police chief, Wang Lijun, is set to expose a world of Byzantine conspiracies and political bastardry that even fiction writers say they would struggle to match.

China's president-in-waiting missing in action

Xi Jinping

John Garnaut, Beijing The credibility of China's opaque and rigid political system is again on trial as the nation waits for any sign of the president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

China's absent president-in-waiting 'fine'

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John Garnaut China's president-in-waiting is "fine", says a close family friend, as Xi Jinping's mystery absence from the public stage stretches close to two weeks.

China's president-in-waiting Xi reappears after mystery absence

John Garnaut Beijing CHINA'S president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has reappeared after a fortnight's mystery absence.

Conspiracy theories as China's heir disappears

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John Garnaut, Beijing The credibility of China's opaque and rigid political system is again on trial as the nation waits with bated breath for any sign of president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

China's missing figure 'fine'

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

John Garnaut, Beijing China's president-in-waiting is 'fine', a close family friend says, as his mystery absence from the public stage stretches close to two weeks.

Bo Xilai assaulted police chief

China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai

John Garnaut, Beijing China has paved a path for criminal proceedings against the mercurial princeling politician Bo Xilai after he was alluded to in an official account of a murder committed by his wife.

Heat rises in China-Japan islands row

John Garnaut Beijing IT IS likely that President Hu Jintao first met Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a momentous gesture of reconciliation in 1984.

Chinese slowdown lowers social unrest

John Garnaut, Guangzhou The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, according to a senior Chinese security official.

China's land seizures drop

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John Garnaut The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, a senior Chinese security official says.

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

TO GO WITH: China-politics-corruption,FOCUS by Marianne Barriaux
(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.

Bo officially accused of taking bribes, affairs

Bo Xilai

John Garnaut YAN'AN, China: The Chinese leadership aspirant Bo Xilai has been officially accused of accepting massive bribes, abusing his power and having illicit liaisons with multiple women.

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.