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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 president-in-waiting missing in action

John Garnaut, Beijing The credibility of China's opaque and rigid political system is again on trial as the nation waits for any sign of the president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping.

Xi plans to crack down on security

John Garnaut GUIZHOU: China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is poised to assert authority over an internal security regime that has been growing out of control, analysts and Chinese security officials say.

Doubts loom over China 'election'

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John Garnaut CHINA'S most uncertain leadership transition in decades could catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

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.

Brawling goes on as party delegates meet

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most fraught and uncertain leadership transition in decades may catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

The rise and fall of empire

Nick O'Malley, John Garnaut LATE one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home on a bluff that rises over the little town of Muscatine, Iowa, and...

China's Confucian culture clash

John Garnaut Students top global rankings - at a cost

Concerns over China a focus of summit

John Garnaut BEIJING JULIA GILLARD will land in Hanoi tonight at the centre of a new great power game being played out in south-east Asia, as China moves to allay concerns about its expanding maritime ambitions and to...

US Pacific build-up gets nod in Beijing snub

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 2, 2012. The United States will shift the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020 as part of a new strategic focus on Asia, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told a summit in Singapore on June 2.      AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

John Garnaut, Beijing 'Rebalancing' of American military in the Pacific promises to deepen rivalries with China.

US flexes Pacific muscle

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John Garnaut AUSTRALIA has thrown its support behind a major "rebalancing" of American military might into the Pacific region, which promises to deepen strategic rivalries with China.

Fast footwork in tussle for new Asia-Pacific order

Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Beijing.

John Garnaut Defence Minister Stephen Smith was given a front-row seat this week to watch how the lines of geopolitics are being redrawn almost daily as China and the United States wrestle for dominance in the...