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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.

John Garnaut

Beijing warned its belligerence on islands is ruining relations with Tokyo

John Garnaut BEIJING: A leading figure in Japanese international relations who helped mend fences with China in the 1980s says Beijing's ''diplomatic shock and awe campaign'' over disputed islands in the East...

China, Japan on the brink

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Yuudachi is seen in this undated handout photo released by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and obtained by Reuters on February 5, 2013. A Chinese vessel pointed a type of radar normally used to help guide missiles at a Japanese navy ship near disputed East China Sea islets, prompting the Japanese government to lodge a protest with China, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday. The incident happened on Jan. 30, a frigate of the Chinese navy directed fire-control radar at the Yuudachi, the defence minister said. REUTERS/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Handout (MID-SEA - Tags: MILITARY MARITIME) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

John Garnaut Chinese warships have pointed missile radars at Japanese military targets, Japan 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

A Chinese flag near the Yalu River.

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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Chinese general dives in deep end on social media

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan.

John Garnaut China's most famous sabre-rattling general has picked the fight of his life online.

Crusading general ducks for cover as fellow bloggers return fire

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR3BXT6

John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most famous sabre-rattling general has turned uncharacteristically silent after a bruising first foray on the ''battleground'' of online public opinion.

Heat rises in China-Japan islands row

John Garnaut Beijing IT IS likely that President Hu Jintao first met Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a momentous gesture of reconciliation in 1984.

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.

Gillard holds little hope for change in N Korea


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.

Gillard's defensive talk adds to China tensions


John Garnaut Tokyo THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has moved to strengthen defence ties with Japan and will seek to elevate links with South Korea, adding to China's unease about new US-anchored security networks...

Japan warns of nuclear safety 'myth'

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda shake hands as they pose ahead of the first plenary session of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Seoul on March 27, 2012.  World leaders including US President Barack Obama have begun a two-day summit in South Korea aimed at curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, organisers said.  The leaders or top officials from 53 countries, plus Interpol and three other international organisations, officially began the event with a working dinner hosted by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. AFP PHOTO/YONHAP/ POOL REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

John Garnaut The Japanese Prime Minister warned a nuclear security summit yesterday that the world must not be lulled into a ''myth of safety'', following lessons learnt from the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at...

Trade fears as China denies restricting exports to Japan

John Garnaut BEIJING: The Chinese government has denied blocking the export of valuable rare earth minerals to Japan, a move which has the potential to escalate a diplomatic dispute between the two countries into...