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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.

Embarrassment as Chinese frigate runs aground


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


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.

Japan warns of nuclear safety 'myth'

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda shake hands as they pose ahead of the first plenary session of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Seoul on March 27, 2012.  World leaders including US President Barack Obama have begun a two-day summit in South Korea aimed at curbing the threat of nuclear terrorism, organisers said.  The leaders or top officials from 53 countries, plus Interpol and three other international organisations, officially began the event with a working dinner hosted by South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak. AFP PHOTO/YONHAP/ POOL REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT

John Garnaut The Japanese Prime Minister warned a nuclear security summit yesterday that the world must not be lulled into a ''myth of safety'', following lessons learnt from the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at...

Briton's death adds to intrigue

Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut Death of a British citizen in Chongqing adds new intrigue to the downfall of the city's ambitious Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai.

Bo intrigue deepens over death of Briton

Bo Xilai

John Garnaut The death of a British citizen in Chongqing has added new intrigue to the downfall of the city’s ambitious Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai, which has rocked China’s political landscape.

Chinese businessman held on brink of mafia expose

John Garnaut and Philip Wen Businessman was expected to reveal allegations of government links to organised crime.

China power play: anti-corruption officials vanish


John Garnaut, Beijing The mysterious disappearance of two high officials has opened a rare glimpse into the winner-take-all world of elite Chinese politics.

Official disappearance creates a Chinese puzzle

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John Garnaut Wang Lijun, the mafia-slaying security chief of Chongqing city, vanished yesterday amid a stand-off involving hundreds of security officers surrounding the United States consulate in Chengdu.

Chinese general to fight corruption

General Liu Yuan

John Garnaut in Beijing A RISING star of the People's Liberation Army has promised a "do-or-die" fight against powerful corrupt generals, bringing military politics to the fore of China's critical leadership transition.

China warned on corruption

General Liu Yuan is on the attack against corruption in the millitary.

John Garnaut A rising star of the People's Liberation Army promises to fight military corruption.

Anointed son's accession may be in peril

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John Garnaut, Sanghee Liu BEIJING: The sudden death from ''exhaustion'' of North Korea's Kim Jong-il has left the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.