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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.

China's new leader right man for times: Rudd

President in waiting Xi Jinping and former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

John Garnaut, Beijing China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is 'the man for the times' who will transform the Chinese economy and reach a new security accommodation with US President Barack Obama, says former prime...

Bo officially accused of taking bribes, affairs

Bo Xilai

John Garnaut YAN'AN, China: The Chinese leadership aspirant Bo Xilai has been officially accused of accepting massive bribes, abusing his power and having illicit liaisons with multiple women.

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.

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.

Bo Xilai assaulted police chief

China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai

John Garnaut, Beijing China has paved 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

China's president-in-waiting missing in action

Xi Jinping

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

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 whistleblower police chief charged

China's Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai and Deputy Mayor of Chongqing Wang Lijun

John Garnaut, Beijing THE coming trial of China's most famous police chief, Wang Lijun, is set to expose a world of Byzantine conspiracies and political bastardry that even fiction writers say they would struggle to match.

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...

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Deceit led to Gu's murder conviction

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut BEIJING: Gu Kailai had grown up at the heart of China's Byzantine politics but even she was unprepared for the degree of calculated deception and betrayal deep inside her husband's court.

Gu Kailai given suspended death sentence for murdering Englishman

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut Gu Kailai, the wife of detained politician Bo Xilai, has been convicted of murdering Englishman Neil Heywood, according to Heywood’s lawyer.