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.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.

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.

APRIL 2013

All the toys, but can China fight?

A Chinese navy soldier (R) leans out as other soldiers chat in a rank before the USS Blue Ridge arrives in Shanghai, 24 February 2004.

John Garnaut, Beijing China's Xi Jinping has warned his corruption-riddled military to clean up its act and be ready for battle.

Bo Xilai trial nods to China's nascent civil society

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai

John Garnaut Could Bo Xilai be the man who saves the Chinese legal system?

Chinese whispers

John Garnaut.

John Garnaut My mind was clear and my reflexes had been honed by six years on the China beat.

Leader's ploy more than naval gazing

China fleet

John Garnaut Every morning at 6am, more than two dozen of the world's leading submarine watchers, aviation experts, government specialists, imagery analysts, cryptanalysts, and linguists gather at the...

Pilots lose as China flies closer to sun

Wu Yongming Luoyang

John Garnaut The People's Liberation Army Air Force plane drifted past a city and seemed to float, like a leaf, before exploding on a mudflat where the Shandong Peninsular juts out into the Yellow Sea.

JUNE 2013

China inside out

John Garnaut dinkus

John Garnaut My mind was clear, despite the wine and wistful mood of a farewell dinner, and my reflexes had been honed by six years on the China beat.

Ferrari crash link to China leader exposed

Ferrari

John Garnaut, Beijing A sordid tragedy involving a 20-something playboy, two scantily-clad women and a two-seater Ferrari has once again exposed the Communist Party's challenges in hiding its dirty laundry in the...

China's absent president-in-waiting 'fine'

Jinping

John Garnaut China's president-in-waiting is "fine", says a close family friend, as Xi Jinping's mystery absence from the public stage stretches close to two weeks.

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.

China's president-in-waiting Xi reappears after mystery absence

John Garnaut Beijing CHINA'S president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has reappeared after a fortnight's mystery absence.

Trial may expose Chinese politics

John Garnaut, Chongqing Wang Lijun, the Chongqing police chief who goes on trial today, arrived at the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6 of this year looking stressed and bedraggled, having not slept for several days.

Conspiracy theories as China's heir disappears

jinping

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

China's missing figure 'fine'

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

John Garnaut, Beijing China's president-in-waiting is 'fine', a close family friend says, as his mystery absence from the public stage stretches close to two weeks.

Police chief admits bribery, defection charges in court

File photo of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun

John Garnaut, Chengdu Wang Lijun, China's most famous police chief, has accepted a litany of charges against him including that he attempted to defect to the United States.

John Garnaut

Police chief dodges bullet amid praise for exposing Bo's web of intrigue

Wang Lijun

John Garnaut Wang Lijun, China’s most famous police chief, has accepted a litany of charges against him including that he attempted to defect to the United States.

Fascist tyrant or crimefighting hero? Police chief stands trial

John Garnaut Supporters say he cleaned up Chongqing's corrupt and useless police force and swept the mafia from the streets.

Police chief's dash for freedom triggered a landslide

John Garnaut WANG LIJUN arrived at the US consulate in Chengdu looking stressed and bedraggled, having not slept for days.

Court case may snare Bo Xilai

John Garnaut, Beijing China clears a path for criminal proceedings against the mercurial princeling politician Bo Xilai after he was alluded to in an official account of a murder committed by his wife.