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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 factions in struggle for power

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's imminent leadership transition is descending into chaos, say some analysts, amid rolling scandals and signs of factional infighting between the current President and his predecessor.

China's leadership transition facing 'chaos'

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John Garnaut, Beijing China's imminent leadership transition is descending into 'chaos', say some close analysts, amid rolling scandals and new signs of factional infighting.

The A to Z of Chinese politics

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John Garnaut AMERICA, China's obsession, the measure of the country's achievement and the mirror in which the Chinese Communist Party defines itself.

The political explosion of Bo Xilai

John Garnaut He was the rock star of Chinese politics and his fall from the stage was spectacular.

The man who might have been king

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on 12 March 2007 Chinese politician Bo Xilai gestures during a press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.    A sensational political scandal unfolding in China has exposed the high level of impunity enjoyed by elites at a time when social tensions are rising, highlighting the need for change, observers say.     AFP PHOTO/FILES/Frederic J. BROWN

John Garnaut E very March, the Chinese capital comes to a standstill for the 10-day gathering of the National People's Congress at the Soviet-designed Great Hall of the People.

The rock star of Chinese politics

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John Garnaut IN March of each year, the Chinese capital comes to a standstill for the 10-day gathering of the National People's Congress at the Soviet-designed Great Hall of the People.

Marching order: photos give clue to next military line-up

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of military appointments expected to be...

Leaves on the march in teacup of China

John Garnaut, Beijing China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of key military appointments expected to be announced...

Rising without a trace

Xi Jinping at the banquet in Beijing last month commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

John Garnaut, Liangjiahe, China After seven years toiling with the masses, Xi Jinping's remarkable transformation will culminate in him taking control of the world's second most powerful nation.

Leader cast from clay of Yellow Earth

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John Garnaut If every modern president needs a creation myth then Xi Jinping's begins on the dusty loess plateau of north-west China.

Chinese slowdown lowers social unrest

John Garnaut, Guangzhou The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, according to a senior Chinese security official.

China's land seizures drop

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John Garnaut The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, a senior Chinese security official says.

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping is 'the man for the times', says Rudd

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut 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 the US President, Barack Obama, the former prime...

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.