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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.

Hong Kong's outspoken media chiefs are facing growing intimidation

John Garnaut When somebody rammed a stolen car into his Kowloon home last June and neatly placed an axe and meat cleaver in front of the battered gate protecting his wife and son, Jimmy Lai's reporters instantly...

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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...

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

China

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

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.

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.

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.

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

jintao

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.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

Plea for Ng heralds new charges as case complicates China relations

Matthew Ng and Niki Chow.

John Garnaut GUANGZHOU city authorities have levelled new charges against the Australian tourism executive Matthew Ng, as the Trade Minister, Craig Emerson, prepares to lead 100 Australian businessmen on a tour...

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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...

Bo intrigue deepens over death of Briton

Bo Xilai

John Garnaut The death of a British citizen in Chongqing has added new intrigue to the downfall of the city’s ambitious Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai, which has rocked China’s political landscape.

Briton's death adds to intrigue

Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut Death of a British citizen in Chongqing adds new intrigue to the downfall of the city's ambitious Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai.

China mobilises to meet Tibet burning protests

Tibet protesters set themselves on fire.

John Garnaut Chinese security forces are arming themselves with guns, fire hydrants and 1960s communist propaganda as they battle a wave of self-immolations that is spreading across the Tibetan plateau.