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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

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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.

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.

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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...

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying's hidden dealings will not endear him to protesters

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (R) attend a press conference in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014.  Activists massed outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on September 28, vowing to keep up an increasingly tense civil disobedience campaign unless Beijing grants more political freedoms.  AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE

John Garnaut Leung Chun-ying – ubiquitously known as ''CY'' – launched his campaign on November 27, 2011, with a message of change.

Hong Kong police prepared to escalate use of force against pro-democracy protestors

Trained for the fight: A Hong Kong police officer at pro-democracy demonstrations.

John Garnaut Police are prepared to use escalating levels of force to dislodge tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors from the central business district of Hong Kong, says the son of a former senior...

ANALYSIS

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.

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 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.

China, North Korea - close as lips and teeth

A Chinese flag near the Yalu River.

John Garnaut The Western world should not expect China to lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it from developing a credible nuclear weapon, writes John Garnaut.

Day will come when we must choose US or China

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John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a high-ranking Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great power rivalry could lead to war.

China muscles US in Pacific

Chinese and US flags

John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a senior Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great-power rivalry could lead to war.

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

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