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, Japan on the brink

John Garnaut Chinese warships have pointed missile radars at Japanese military targets, Japan says.

Warships target Japan as standoff intensifies

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John Garnaut CHINESE warships have aimed missile radars at Japanese military targets in what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called ''a dangerous action that could lead to unforeseen consequences''.

Japan's PM condemns targeting of warship

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John Garnaut BEIJING: The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has denounced China for a ''dangerous'' escalation of a stand-off in the East China Sea, after accusations that Chinese vessels had aimed missile...

Fears Xi's push on Japan poses showdown risk

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's aggressive pursuit of territorial claims against Japan in recent months is directly linked to the efforts of new leader Xi Jinping to rally the military around him, associates and...

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.

Trade fears as China denies restricting exports to Japan

John Garnaut BEIJING: The Chinese government has denied blocking the export of valuable rare earth minerals to Japan, a move which has the potential to escalate a diplomatic dispute between the two countries into...

China's row with Japan threatens to escalate

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John Garnaut HERALD CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: The stand-off between China and Japan over an incident in the East China Sea has flared into a nationalistic campaign, with commentators calling for China to conduct military drills in the...

Japan warns of nuclear safety 'myth'

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda shake hands as they pose ahead of the first plenary session of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Seoul on March 27, 2012.  World leaders including US President Barack Obama have begun a two-day summit in South Korea aimed at curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, organisers said.  The leaders or top officials from 53 countries, plus Interpol and three other international organisations, officially began the event with a working dinner hosted by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. AFP PHOTO/YONHAP/ POOL REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

John Garnaut The Japanese Prime Minister warned a nuclear security summit yesterday that the world must not be lulled into a ''myth of safety'', following lessons learnt from the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at...

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.

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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.

Leader's ploy more than naval gazing

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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...

China colonel raises nuclear spectre

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John Garnaut, Beijing A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to...

Shun US 'tiger' and Japanese 'wolf', Chinese colonel warns

John Garnaut A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to...

Canned air for sale in China, as blanket of smog returns

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John Garnaut Canned fresh air sold as pollution worsens in China.

North Korea nuclear test alarms the neighbours

South Korean passengers watch TV news reporting North Korea's apparent nuclear test, at the Seoul train station on February 12, 2013.  North Korea's apparent nuclear test had an explosive yield of between six and seven kilotons, South Korea's defence ministry said, revising its earlier estimate of 10 kilotons or more. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said seismic monitors had detected a tremor with a 4.9 magnitude emanating from the North's nuclear test site.       AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN

John Garnaut BEIJING: North Korea has once again defied the world to conduct its third nuclear test, taking the hermit kingdom a step closer to a credible nuclear weapon that could theoretically strike the United...

N Korea nuclear test puts neighbours on notice

John Garnaut North Korea has once again defied the world to conduct its third nuclear test, taking the hermit kingdom a step closer to a credible nuclear weapon that could theoretically strike the United States...

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.

'Second Generation Red' fall in behind Xi Jinping

Hu Muying, the daughter of Mao Zedong’s speech writer Hu Qiaomu..

John Garnaut Nostalgic and disillusioned sections of the Communist Party’s "red aristocracy” have rallied strongly behind the new leader, Xi Jinping, in gatherings over the Spring Festival break.

'Red aristocracy' backs leader's vision for future

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John Garnaut Members of the Chinese Communist Party's 'red aristocracy' rally behind the country's new leader, Xi Jinping.