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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.

India faces a spiritual divide

John Garnaut Away from Mumbai’s galaxy of movie stars and the world’s greatest concentration of billionaires, a thick cloud of flies confirm that we’ve arrived at one of the city’s more...

Australia and India to strengthen military ties

Narendra Modi is signalling a new policy.

John Garnaut Australia and India are deepening military ties and reviving “the spirit” of a controversial four-way democratic coalition with Japan and the United States

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the House of Representatives as Speaker Bronwyn Bishop looks on.

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

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...

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.

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

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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.

Private museum a reflection of China's growing prosperity

Sarira stupa.

John Garnaut in Guangzhou AN AUSTRALIAN citizen owns the 2500-year-old cremated remains of Buddha's bones and their jewel-encrusted container and has put them on display in his private museum for dignitaries such as the...

Australian's priceless Chinese museum display

John Garnaut Billionaire Chau Chak Wing boasts among his treasures Buddha's jewel-encased remains.

As China's emissions rise, so too does sceptics' hot air

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John Garnaut, China Hu Jintao stares down claims human-induced climate change is an American conspiracy.

Chinese sceptics see global warming as US conspiracy

Chinese workers eat their meals near a windmill.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It's not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming.

Top official calls for humility as ally attacks

John Garnaut HERALD CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: The latest attack on South Korea by China's ally, North Korea, came just two days after China's top foreign affairs official told an internal conference that his nation needed to be more...

Gillard treads lightly between super powers

John Garnaut JULIA GILLARD has had to manoeuvre to avoid getting stuck in the middle of China's escalating tensions with neighbouring powers and the United States, at her first appearance as Prime Minister at a...

Concerns over China a focus of summit

John Garnaut BEIJING JULIA GILLARD will land in Hanoi tonight at the centre of a new great power game being played out in south-east Asia, as China moves to allay concerns about its expanding maritime ambitions and to...

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China detonates regional goodwill

JOHN GARNAUT BEIJING: In May 1986 a diminutive veteran of the long and brutal Japanese occupation of China, the then Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, leaned forward in his oversized armchair and told the...

Fast footwork in tussle for new Asia-Pacific order

Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Beijing.

John Garnaut Defence Minister Stephen Smith was given a front-row seat this week to watch how the lines of geopolitics are being redrawn almost daily as China and the United States wrestle for dominance in the...

One-child policy's days are numbered

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's sometimes brutal one-child policy is expected to be loosened next year as policy advisers come to grips with the implications of having one of the world's most rapidly ageing...

Great leap in defence ties with China

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John Garnaut A LEADING Chinese military strategist says that ''political obstacles'' to joint military exercises between the Australian Defence Force and the People's Liberation Army have been removed, despite...