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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.

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

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...

Toxic air blocks out the sun in Beijing

A resident plays with a diabolo in a park during a heavily hazy winter day in Beijing.

John Garnaut A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious health and political challeng

Beijing's blanket of smog sparks fresh idea

John Garnaut, Beijing A Chinese entrepreneur is selling fresh air in soft drink cans, similar to bottled drinking water, as north China is once again choking in toxic smog.

Beijing envoy's veiled dig at Rudd

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John Garnaut AUSTRALIA'S ambassador to Beijing has slammed the lack of China literacy inside Australia's corridors of power, while reserving his most stinging rebuke for those who speak Chinese but "do not...

Beijing demands Gillard's respect

Julia Gillard

John Garnaut CHINA has urged the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to study its ''tremendous progress on human rights'' and ''show basic respect'' as she begins her most testing outing on the international stage.

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Beijing warned its belligerence on islands is ruining relations with Tokyo

John Garnaut BEIJING: A leading figure in Japanese international relations who helped mend fences with China in the 1980s says Beijing's ''diplomatic shock and awe campaign'' over disputed islands in the East...

US Pacific build-up gets nod in Beijing snub

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 2, 2012. The United States will shift the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020 as part of a new strategic focus on Asia, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told a summit in Singapore on June 2.      AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

John Garnaut, Beijing 'Rebalancing' of American military in the Pacific promises to deepen rivalries with China.

Copyright convention spooks Beijing's pirates

Beijing has a shortage of fake fashion thanks to a world intellectual property conference.

John Garnaut, Beijing Beijing has been struck by a desperate shortage of pirated DVDs, clothes and handbags.

China's rulers team up with notorious 'White Wolf' of Taiwan

John Garnaut The Chinese Communist Party, which came to power promising to break the nexus between politics and crime, has teamed up with a notorious triad figure to help press its claims in Taiwan.

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.

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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.

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...

Support for Bo grows before China's 'trial of the century'

 Bo Xilai

John Garnaut BEIJING: The purge of Bo Xilai is in danger of losing momentum as the maverick political star remains defiant and associates question the fairness of keeping him in jail while other tainted leaders...

'Second Generation Red' fall in behind Xi Jinping

Hu Muying, the daughter of Mao Zedong’s speech writer Hu Qiaomu..

John Garnaut Nostalgic and disillusioned sections of the Communist Party’s "red aristocracy” have rallied strongly behind the new leader, Xi Jinping, in gatherings over the Spring Festival break.

'Red aristocracy' backs leader's vision for future

Xi Jinping

John Garnaut Members of the Chinese Communist Party's 'red aristocracy' rally behind the country's new leader, Xi Jinping.

Chinese general dives in deep end on social media

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan.

John Garnaut China's most famous sabre-rattling general has picked the fight of his life online.

Crusading general ducks for cover as fellow bloggers return fire

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR3BXT6

John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most famous sabre-rattling general has turned uncharacteristically silent after a bruising first foray on the ''battleground'' of online public opinion.

Concern Mao's most faithful are pulling leader Xi to hard left

A girl stands before portraits of former Chinese leaders (L - R) Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong and Liu Shaoqi in Beijing on February 26, 2013. On March 5 China will convene a key legislative session, state media reported, with new Communist Party chief Xi Jingping set to become president during the two-week meeting. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

John Garnaut BEIJING: In the heady days of the early post-Mao years, as China began opening to the world, a youthful Xi Jinping attended a fortnightly study group with other top leaders' children to network,...

Xi bound by his ties to Mao's 'children'

Xi Jinping

John Garnaut In the early post-Mao years, as China began opening to the world, a youthful Xi Jinping attended a fortnightly study group with other top leaders' children to network and make sense of the momentous...

China backs sanctions to ward off US

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John Garnaut Beijing: China's support for tougher sanctions against North Korea has been prompted in part by concerns of an evolving US-anchored missile defence system on its borders, say Chinese and Western...