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.

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

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...

China's new weapon for expansion: lawfare

Philippine Marines gesture towards a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, trying to block a Philippine supply ship reaching disputed Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014.

John Garnaut The US is looking to counter a ''three warfares'' strategy China is employing to advance territorial claims.

APRIL 2013

All the toys, but can China fight?

A Chinese navy soldier (R) leans out as other soldiers chat in a rank before the USS Blue Ridge arrives in Shanghai, 24 February 2004.

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

Bo Xilai trial nods to China's nascent civil society

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai

John Garnaut Could Bo Xilai be the man who saves the Chinese legal system?

Chinese whispers

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John Garnaut My mind was clear and my reflexes had been honed by six years on the China beat.

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...

Pilots lose as China flies closer to sun

Wu Yongming Luoyang

John Garnaut The People's Liberation Army Air Force plane drifted past a city and seemed to float, like a leaf, before exploding on a mudflat where the Shandong Peninsular juts out into the Yellow Sea.

JUNE 2013

China inside out

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John Garnaut My mind was clear, despite the wine and wistful mood of a farewell dinner, and my reflexes had been honed by six years on the China beat.

Police chief's dash for freedom triggered a landslide

Wang Lijun

John Garnaut WANG LIJUN arrived at the US consulate in Chengdu looking stressed and bedraggled, having not slept for days.

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.

Leaves on the march in teacup of China

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 key military appointments expected to be announced...

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.