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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

Rudd

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.

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.

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.

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...

Gu walks Madame Mao's tightrope

Gu Kailai

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...

Threat to Gu's son triggered murder

Gu Kailai and Bo Guagua

John Garnaut HEFEI, China: While Gu Kailai's husband, the rising political star Bo Xilai, was singing ''red'' revolutionary songs, smashing triad gangs and fighting for the masses in a modern version of what...

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.

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Deceit led to Gu's murder conviction

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut BEIJING: Gu Kailai had grown up at the heart of China's Byzantine politics but even she was unprepared for the degree of calculated deception and betrayal deep inside her husband's court.

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.