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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.

Indonesia wants us to get off the beaten track

Bali house swap. Candidasa, Bali. Looking out the kitchen window of villa at Villa Sasoon at the lush foliage and coconut  palms CREDIT SHERIDEN RHODES

Michael Bachelard, John Garnaut Australians are some of the world's great travellers, but when it comes to our near neighbour, Indonesia, we are a sadly predictable bunch.

Day will come when we must choose US or China

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John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a high-ranking Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great power rivalry could lead to war.

China muscles US in Pacific

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John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a senior Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great-power rivalry could lead to war.

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...

We value your call: US and China test hotline

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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...

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.

Shun US 'tiger' and Japanese 'wolf', Chinese colonel warns

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John Garnaut A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to...

US-China 'meeting' gets straight down to tin tacks

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John Garnaut IT'S a measure of how far expectations have fallen that the White House is refusing to use the word ''summit'' to describe this week's encounters between the world's two most powerful leaders,...

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.

Chinese sceptics see global warming as US conspiracy

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John Garnaut BEIJING: It's not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming.

China-US thaw will upset neighbouring dictators

John Garnaut BEIJING: China rolled out the red carpet this week not only for Burma's dictator, General Than Shwe but, more surprisingly, a lower level delegation from the White House.

Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo promises hope and change

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Michael Bachelard and John Garnaut Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo sits composed on his last afternoon in the Jakarta governor's office as the noise of angry ranting drifts in from the street outside.

Australia and India to strengthen military ties

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John Garnaut Australia and India are deepening military ties and reviving “the spirit” of a controversial four-way democratic coalition with Japan and the United States

Shinzo Abe speech all about China: the Nation that Must Not Be Named

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the House of Representatives as Speaker Bronwyn Bishop looks on.

John Garnaut The Japanese prime minister's address to Parliament never named China, but that was its sole and abiding focus.

ANALYSIS

China looms large over MH17 debate at UN Security Council

Power of two: Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin speaks with his Chinese counterpart Liu Jieyi at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria on July 14.

John Garnaut It was no accident that Tony Abbott talked about “countries” in the plural form when he fronted Parliament to lambast the kind of behaviour that led to the MH17 disaster.

India faces a spiritual divide

26 June 2014, New Delhi, India: Eighteen year old Deepak Paswan

John Garnaut Away from Mumbai’s galaxy of movie stars and the world’s greatest concentration of billionaires, a thick cloud of flies confirm that we’ve arrived at one of the city’s more...

Brace for more tensions in Asia: Chinese analyst

A Chinese boat collides with a Vietnamese vessel in contested waters of the South China Sea.

John Garnaut A leading Chinese analyst says political leaders in Beijing are committed to a strategy that will cause territorial disputes to get worse.

Hong Kong's outspoken media chiefs are facing growing intimidation

Members of The Hong Kong Journalists Association, Staffs of Ming Pao and supporters hold a banner displaying  'They Can't Kill Us All.'

John Garnaut When somebody rammed a stolen car into his Kowloon home last June and neatly placed an axe and meat cleaver in front of the battered gate protecting his wife and son, Jimmy Lai's reporters instantly...

China's new weapon for expansion: lawfare

Philippine Marines gesture towards a Chinese Coast Guard vessel, trying to block a Philippine supply ship reaching disputed Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014.

John Garnaut The US is looking to counter a ''three warfares'' strategy China is employing to advance territorial claims.