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.

China's new weapon for expansion: lawfare

John Garnaut The US is looking to counter a ''three warfares'' strategy China is employing to advance territorial claims.

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.

Bo Xilai trial nods to China's nascent civil society

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai

John Garnaut Could Bo Xilai be the man who saves the Chinese legal system?

Pilots lose as China flies closer to sun

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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.

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.

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...

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.

China muscles US in Pacific

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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.

China's fresh start still mired in old traditions

Chinese Vice president Xi Jinping

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

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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...

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.

Xi takes control in China's new era

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John Garnaut Xi Jinping has walked on stage after a fraught and unexpected delay to take the reins of the world’s most powerful political organisation.

Heat rises in China-Japan islands row

John Garnaut Beijing IT IS likely that President Hu Jintao first met Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a momentous gesture of reconciliation in 1984.

China's land seizures drop

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John Garnaut The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, a senior Chinese security official says.

China's new man pledges growth

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

China's new leader right man for times: Rudd

President in waiting Xi Jinping and former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

John Garnaut, Beijing China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is 'the man for the times' who will transform the Chinese economy and reach a new security accommodation with US President Barack Obama, says former prime...

China expels journalist after Wen revelations

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John Garnaut AN AUSTRALIAN journalist with The New York Times has been expelled from China in an apparent act of retaliation for a news report about the family wealth of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.

Leaves on the march in teacup of China

John Garnaut, Beijing China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of key military appointments expected to be announced...

China's leadership transition facing 'chaos'

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John Garnaut, Beijing China's imminent leadership transition is descending into 'chaos', say some close analysts, amid rolling scandals and new signs of factional infighting.