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.

Toxic air blocks out the sun 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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Lurid details of Heywood murder emerge as accused rolls over

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut in Hefei The wife of detained Chinese leader Bo Xilai has accepted murder charges against her while angling for a lighter sentence by informing on the crimes of unnamed others.

Shoulder to shoulder, leaders jostle for superiority

Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin and Wen Jiabao.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It hasn't quite the same feel as a Barack Obama acceptance speech but, for aficionados of Chinese politics, the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress is as good as it gets.

President warns on corruption

Hu Jintao

John Garnaut BEIJING: The Chinese President, Hu Jintao, has warned that corruption could bring about the collapse of the Communist Party and the state, after a year of staggering revelations about the wealth that...

Corruption fighter Liu latest China casualty

Liu Yuan

John Garnaut BEIJING: The most openly ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army appears to have been sidelined following his self-styled ''do-or-die'' fight against corruption in military ranks.

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The fear of freedom

Communist Party

John Garnaut. At first glance it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the ''Jasmine Revolutions'', which last...

Beware of Western hostile forces

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John Garnaut At first glance, it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the Jasmine Revolutions that rolled...

Elites fight secret battle for China's soul

Tiananmen Square

John Garnaut Two years ago, China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

Building China's enlightenment

He Di

John Garnaut Two years ago China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.