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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.

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...

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China looms large over MH17 debate at UN Security Council

Power of two: Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks with his Chinese counterpart Liu Jieyi at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on July 14.

John Garnaut It was no accident that Tony Abbott talked about “countries” in the plural form when he fronted Parliament to lambast the kind of behaviour that led to the MH17 disaster.

Shinzo Abe speech all about China: the Nation that Must Not Be Named

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the House of Representatives as Speaker Bronwyn Bishop looks on.

John Garnaut The Japanese prime minister's address to Parliament never named China, but that was its sole and abiding focus.

Julie Bishop a 'complete fool', says Chinese paper

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop: Outspoken about China.

John Garnaut Australia was once an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” but will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper, which also has called Foreign...

China: Julie Bishop comments that sparked Beijing's rebuke 'never' made

Julie Bishop

John Garnaut On Monday, China’s most popular tabloid, The Global Times, blasted Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a “complete fool” for telling Fairfax that she would stand up to China in defence...

Julie Bishop to Xinhua: I never said 'stand up to China'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

John Garnaut Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has taken the extraordinary step of emailing China’s official news agency, Xinhua, to clarify that she did not directly use the phrase "stand up to China" in an...

India faces a spiritual divide

26 June 2014, New Delhi, India: Eighteen year old Deepak Paswan

John Garnaut Away from Mumbai’s galaxy of movie stars and the world’s greatest concentration of billionaires, a thick cloud of flies confirm that we’ve arrived at one of the city’s more...

Australia and India to strengthen military ties

Narendra Modi is signalling a new policy.

John Garnaut Australia and India are deepening military ties and reviving “the spirit” of a controversial four-way democratic coalition with Japan and the United States

Brace for more tensions in Asia: Chinese analyst

A Chinese boat collides with a Vietnamese vessel in contested waters of the South China Sea.

John Garnaut A leading Chinese analyst says political leaders in Beijing are committed to a strategy that will cause territorial disputes to get worse.

Hong Kong's outspoken media chiefs are facing growing intimidation

Members of The Hong Kong Journalists Association, Staffs of Ming Pao and supporters hold a banner displaying  'They Can't Kill Us All.'

John Garnaut When somebody rammed a stolen car into his Kowloon home last June and neatly placed an axe and meat cleaver in front of the battered gate protecting his wife and son, Jimmy Lai's reporters instantly...

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.

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

John Garnaut.

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

Impostor claims in Chinese trial

Murder accused Gu Kailai in 2007, and recently, in court.

John Garnaut, Beijing The curious murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai, appears to have achieved the rare feat of uniting Maoists and liberals.

Body double claim a part of show trial fear

John Garnaut BEIJING: The curious murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of the fallen politician Bo Xilai, appears to have achieved the rare feat of uniting Maoists and liberals.

Ferrari crash link to China leader exposed

Ferrari

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'

Jinping

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.

Xi plans to crack down on security

John Garnaut GUIZHOU: China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is poised to assert authority over an internal security regime that has been growing out of control, analysts and Chinese security officials say.