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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Gillard urges closer Asian ties to ease tensions

China

John Garnaut and Mark Kenny The consequences of major power conflict in the Asia Pacific are becoming increasingly severe, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

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.

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.

Opportunity knocks with new leaders' forum with China

Prime Minister

Mark Kenny, John Garnaut in Shanghai Australia and China have agreed to top level strategic talks to strengthen and provide direction to an economically crucial relationship which also presents vast opportunities.