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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.

China's leadership transition facing 'chaos'


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.

China's factions in struggle for power


John Garnaut BEIJING: China's imminent leadership transition is descending into chaos, say some analysts, amid rolling scandals and signs of factional infighting between the current President and his predecessor.

Foreign media, the force China cannot control

CORRECTS DATE IN SECOND SENTENCE, FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gestures during a press conference after the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China.  China blocked access to The New York Times website Friday, Oct. 26, 2012,  after the paper published a lengthy article claiming the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments.  (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

John Garnaut A NEW YORK TIMES exposé´ on the riches amassed by the family of the Premier, Wen Jiabao, shows how foreign media could now play a ''transformational'' role in Chinese politics and...

China v US: the rise and fall of empire


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...

Shoulder to shoulder, leaders jostle for superiority

Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin and Wen Jiabao.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It hasn't quite the same feel as a Barack Obama acceptance speech but, for aficionados of Chinese politics, the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress is as good as it gets.

New faces to sit at China's top table

Chinese flag

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...

Xi takes control in China's new era


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.

China's new man pledges growth

Xi Jinping.

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 expels journalist after Wen revelations

Chris Buckley for John Garnuat story.  THE AGE . foreign . 31 DECEMBER 2012 . pic by Sanghee Liu .  .

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.

Peoples' power will reform China, says Qin Xiao

Qin Xiao.

John Garnaut GROWING pressure from the Chinese public will force the new Xi Jinping administration to turn the world's most populous country to the path of political and economic reform, says one of Mr Xi's old...

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


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...

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

 Bo Xilai

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...

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?

The A to Z of Chinese politics

Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut AMERICA, China's obsession, the measure of the country's achievement and the mirror in which the Chinese Communist Party defines itself.

Personal Forbidden City the last word in luxury, but not for everyone

John Garnaut dinkus

John Garnaut CONGHUA, China: When I first met the reclusive multibillionaire Chau Chak Wing he delivered me in a Bentley to a water-logged construction site at the base of Phoenix Mountain.

Crises everywhere, but one to watch is China ... and its pork prices

John Garnaut AUSTRALIA'S financial traders have responded to the market bloodshed in the United States and Europe, but their eyes will soon revert to China, the resource-hungry giant upon which Australia's...

The former party man who fears another Tiananmen

A blood-covered protester holds a soldier's helmet following clashes on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in this June 4, 1989 file photo.

John Garnaut BEIJING: Ho Pin was an up-and-coming reporter within the Communist Party's security apparatus when he watched the Tiananmen protests pan out beneath him in 1989, from the 15th floor of the Beijing...