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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.

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

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

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

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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'

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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...

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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.

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.

Elites fight secret battle for China's soul

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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

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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.

High stakes in China's game of thrones

Outspoken: Ji Pomin did not hold back in criticising Jiang Zemin.

John Garnaut Two years ago on June 4, the most sensitive date in the Chinese political calendar, a princeling called Ji Pomin was laying a carpet for his elderly mother when he received an intriguing text message...

New faces to sit at China's top table

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John Garnaut, Beijing The stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic...

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 takes great leap into the unknown

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John Garnaut BEIJING: Hopes are evaporating that key reform-minded leaders will squeeze into the new team that will lead China for the next five years.

Gillard to push new dialogue in China visit

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Exclusive John Garnaut Prime Minister Julia Gillard is pushing for a new strategic ''architecture'' to steer relations with the world's aspiring super power, China.

Scourge of family feuds blights China

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John Garnaut A brutal feud between Chinese ruling families has spilled into the public arena, with the son of a revered Communist Party leader accusing rivals of sending armed thugs to take over his luxury villa...

China's fresh start still mired in old traditions

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John Garnaut BEIJING: Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, has been handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

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Pressure mounts on Carr over China rights abuses

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John Garnaut Beijing PRESSURE is mounting on Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr to take an open and forthright approach to legal abuses in China.

We value your call: US and China test hotline

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John Garnaut It's not quite the nuclear hotline out of Dr Strangelove, and nor is this the Cold War, but Beijing and Washington are inching towards the sort of military communication that both sides hope might...

Doubts loom over China 'election'

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John Garnaut CHINA'S most uncertain leadership transition in decades could catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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Nick O'Malley, Washington and John Garnaut, Beijing Late one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home in Iowa.

Media changes message for anxious China

John Garnaut Beijing THENew York Times expose on the riches amassed by the family of Premier Wen Jiabao shows how foreign media could now play a ''transformational'' role in Chinese politics and policymaking, says a new...