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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.

Gu Kailai given suspended death sentence for murdering Englishman

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

Impostor claims in Chinese trial

Murder accused Gu Kailai in 2007, and recently, in court.

John Garnaut, Beijing The curious murder trial of Gu Kailai, wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai, appears to have achieved the rare feat of uniting Maoists and liberals.

Body double claim a part of show trial fear

John Garnaut BEIJING: The curious murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of the fallen politician Bo Xilai, appears to have achieved the rare feat of uniting Maoists and liberals.

Threat to Gu's son triggered murder

Gu Kailai and Bo Guagua

John Garnaut HEFEI, China: While Gu Kailai's husband, the rising political star Bo Xilai, was singing ''red'' revolutionary songs, smashing triad gangs and fighting for the masses in a modern version of what...

Lurid details of Heywood murder emerge as accused rolls over

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut in Hefei The wife of detained Chinese leader Bo Xilai has accepted murder charges against her while angling for a lighter sentence by informing on the crimes of unnamed others.

Gu walks Madame Mao's tightrope

Gu Kailai

John Garnaut The last time the Chinese Communist Party put one of its leading wives on trial it was the fiery Madame Mao, accused of a leading role in the persecution of precisely 727,420 people during the...

Bo Xilai scandal: wife Gu Kailai charged with murder

Gu Kailai, wife of China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut THE wife of China's most charismatic and divisive leader has been charged with the murder of an English friend.

Abbott to China: time for reform

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott

John Garnaut Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has broken from bi-partisan tradition to urge China to embark on political reforms to match its "remarkable" economic transformation.

Chinese ship on a rock in a hard place

South China Sea Fleet missile.

John Garnaut A Chinese warship has run aground while patrolling contested waters adjacent to the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Embarrassment as Chinese frigate runs aground

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John Garnaut A Chinese warship has run aground while patrolling contested waters adjacent to the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Strongmen of China playing a risky game of thrones

Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut The art of purging a popular and capable leader is making sure they stay purged, at least until they are no longer any threat to the person doing the purging.

Chinese leader's family worth a billion

Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut, Beijing While Xi Jinping preached communism his siblings were amassing over $US1 billion.

Copyright convention spooks Beijing's pirates

Beijing has a shortage of fake fashion thanks to a world intellectual property conference.

John Garnaut, Beijing Beijing has been struck by a desperate shortage of pirated DVDs, clothes and handbags.

A visit to the top of the world, where caterpillars are king

Linzhi, Tibet

John Garnaut ON THE road from Lhasa to Chengdu, at an altitude of 4700 metres, two siblings have found a hillside blanketed with pink and white rhododendrons to stop and clean their caterpillar fungus.

Grubs blossom into 'Viagra of the Himalayas'

'Viagra of the Himalayas'.

John Garnaut, Linzhi On the road from Lhasa to Chengdu, at an altitude of 4700 metres, two siblings have found a hillside blanketed with pink and white rhododendrons to stop and clean their caterpillar fungus.

China mobilises to meet Tibet burning protests

Tibet protesters set themselves on fire.

John Garnaut Chinese security forces are arming themselves with guns, fire hydrants and 1960s communist propaganda as they battle a wave of self-immolations that is spreading across the Tibetan plateau.

Fast footwork in tussle for new Asia-Pacific order

Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Beijing.

John Garnaut Defence Minister Stephen Smith was given a front-row seat this week to watch how the lines of geopolitics are being redrawn almost daily as China and the United States wrestle for dominance in the...

Chinese reformist to visit Australia

Wang Yang, Party Secretary of the Guangdong Province, claps during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS)

John Garnaut, Beijing Australia will get to size-up leading reformist hope among next generation of leaders.

US Pacific build-up gets nod in Beijing snub

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks during the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) 11th Asia Security Summit in Singapore on June 2, 2012. The United States will shift the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific by 2020 as part of a new strategic focus on Asia, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta told a summit in Singapore on June 2.      AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

John Garnaut, Beijing 'Rebalancing' of American military in the Pacific promises to deepen rivalries with China.

US flexes Pacific muscle

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John Garnaut AUSTRALIA has thrown its support behind a major "rebalancing" of American military might into the Pacific region, which promises to deepen strategic rivalries with China.