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.

John Garnaut

South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests

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.

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...

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.

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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...

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.

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 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...

North Korean dictator-in-waiting linked to deadly artillery attack

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John Garnaut HERALD CORRESPONDENT NORTH KOREA has burnished the leadership credentials of its 26-year-old dictator-in-waiting with a deadly artillery attack on South Korean territory, causing its neighbour to return fire and scramble...

Kim dynasty under scrutiny as son rises

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John Garnaut BEIJING: The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, has promoted his son to the second-most senior position in the country's military and also to the leadership of the Workers' Party.

Naming of Kim's son points to succession

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John Garnaut HERALD CORRESPONDENT BEIJING: North Korea has for the first time published the name of its likely next dictator, Kim Jong-un, the third son of the ailing Kim Jong-Il.

China preparing for collapse of N. Korea regime, cables say

John Garnaut BEIJING A SERIES of leaked US diplomatic cables is prompting the world to confront the dilemma of which country or army should stabilise North Korea and secure its nuclear facilities in the event of regime...