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.

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...

China, North Korea - close as lips and teeth

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John Garnaut The Western world should not expect China to lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it from developing a credible nuclear weapon, writes John Garnaut.

North Korea knocks, but no one is willing to answer

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John Garnaut THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has hardened her uncompromising position on North Korea's nuclear program, at a time when diplomats say the isolated regime is reaching out to talk.

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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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.

Elites fight secret battle for China's soul

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John Garnaut Two years ago, China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

Building China's enlightenment

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John Garnaut Two years ago China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

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South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests

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John Garnaut BEIJING: South Korea will pre-emptively strike against North Korea if it shows intent to use a nuclear weapon, a top South Korean general says.

N Korea nuclear test puts neighbours on notice

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 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...

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Why China won't rein in its wayward ally

John Garnaut Western world is once again hoping China will lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it developing a credible nuclear weapon, after the North proclaimed its third test on Tuesday.

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China backs sanctions to ward off US

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John Garnaut Beijing: China's support for tougher sanctions against North Korea has been prompted in part by concerns of an evolving US-anchored missile defence system on its borders, say Chinese and Western...

Crisis only a phone call away

John Garnaut It's not quite the nuclear hotline out of Dr Strangelove, and nor is this the Cold War, but Beijing and Washington are inching towards the sort of military communication that both sides hope might...

The end of the line

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John Garnaut A well-placed phone call on a Cold War-style defence hotline might prevent full-blown conflict between China and the US.

Gillard urges closer Asian ties to ease tensions

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John Garnaut and Mark Kenny The consequences of major power conflict in the Asia Pacific are becoming increasingly severe, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

Anointed son's accession may be in peril

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John Garnaut, Sanghee Liu BEIJING: The sudden death from ''exhaustion'' of North Korea's Kim Jong-il has left the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.

Region cautious after Kim Jong-Il dies

John Garnaut and Sanghee Liu The sudden death by 'exhaustion' of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il leaves the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.

China scrambles for clues after Kim's death

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John Garnaut and Sanghee Liu in Beijing The sudden death by "exhaustion" of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il has left the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.

Gillard holds little hope for change in N Korea

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John Garnaut JULIA GILLARD said North Korea would stick to its aggressive brinkmanship and nuclear weapons programs as she detailed ambitious new defence links with Japan and prepared to fly to Seoul.

China tries to cool Korean tensions

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John Garnaut HERALD CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: China has told South Korea it will engage in ''serious contact and dialogue'' to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, as its ally, North Korea, issued a fresh barrage of threats against a...

Method in the madness

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John Garnaut, Beijing Behind North Korea's cartoon dictator, there is a desperate and exhausted nation that can barely concentrate beyond the next meal.

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...