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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying's hidden dealings will not endear him to protesters

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) and Chief Secretary Carrie Lam (R) attend a press conference in Hong Kong on September 28, 2014.  Activists massed outside Hong Kong's government headquarters on September 28, vowing to keep up an increasingly tense civil disobedience campaign unless Beijing grants more political freedoms.  AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE

John Garnaut Leung Chun-ying – ubiquitously known as ''CY'' – launched his campaign on November 27, 2011, with a message of change.

Hong Kong police prepared to escalate use of force against pro-democracy protestors

Trained for the fight: A Hong Kong police officer at pro-democracy demonstrations.

John Garnaut Police are prepared to use escalating levels of force to dislodge tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors from the central business district of Hong Kong, says the son of a former senior...

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.

China's rulers team up with notorious 'White Wolf' of Taiwan

John Garnaut The Chinese Communist Party, which came to power promising to break the nexus between politics and crime, has teamed up with a notorious triad figure to help press its claims in Taiwan.

Julie Bishop a 'complete fool', says Chinese paper

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop: Outspoken about China.

John Garnaut Australia was once an outpost of “rascals and outlaws” but will soon adjust to the shifting realities of power, says a Chinese state-owned newspaper, which also has called Foreign...

China: Julie Bishop comments that sparked Beijing's rebuke 'never' made

Julie Bishop

John Garnaut On Monday, China’s most popular tabloid, The Global Times, blasted Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as a “complete fool” for telling Fairfax that she would stand up to China in defence...

Julie Bishop to Xinhua: I never said 'stand up to China'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

John Garnaut Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has taken the extraordinary step of emailing China’s official news agency, Xinhua, to clarify that she did not directly use the phrase "stand up to China" in an...

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...

Australia and India to strengthen military ties

Narendra Modi is signalling a new policy.

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

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.

Indonesian presidential contender taken off Canberra visa black list

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto addresses a rally in Jakarta earlier this year.

John Garnaut Australia has removed the name of one of Indonesia’s most controversial Suharto-era generals from a visa black list, in case he wins tomorrow's presidential election.

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.

Canned air for sale in China, as blanket of smog returns

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John Garnaut Canned fresh air sold as pollution worsens in China.

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.

Warships target Japan as standoff intensifies

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John Garnaut CHINESE warships have aimed missile radars at Japanese military targets in what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called ''a dangerous action that could lead to unforeseen consequences''.