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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.

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

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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

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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.

Region cautious after Kim Jong-Il dies

John Garnaut and Sanghee Liu The sudden death by 'exhaustion' of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il leaves the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.

China scrambles for clues after Kim's death

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John Garnaut and Sanghee Liu in Beijing The sudden death by "exhaustion" of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il has left the region scrambling for clues on how the regime will maintain stability.

Mao awaits demise of namesake's legacy

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John Garnaut BEIJING: You might think that, after he had endured a mass hate campaign, including threats of blackmail and brutality, it was time for an 82-year-old intellectual to consider taking a step back from...

Mao namesake believes China will be set free

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John Garnaut, Beijing You might think that after enduring a mass hate campaign it would be time for an 82-year-old intellectual to consider taking a backward step.

Personal Forbidden City the last word in luxury, but not for everyone

Kingold Museum, China.

John Garnaut, Conghua Nobody can even guess how Dr Chau Chak Wing, a reclusive multibillionaire, acquired jade carvings, ancient bronze vessels and exquisite pottery and porcelain that was once possessed by legendary...

Personal Forbidden City the last word in luxury, but not for everyone

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John Garnaut CONGHUA, China: When I first met the reclusive multibillionaire Chau Chak Wing he delivered me in a Bentley to a water-logged construction site at the base of Phoenix Mountain.

Private museum a reflection of China's growing prosperity

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John Garnaut in Guangzhou AN AUSTRALIAN citizen owns the 2500-year-old cremated remains of Buddha's bones and their jewel-encrusted container and has put them on display in his private museum for dignitaries such as the...

Australian's priceless Chinese museum display

John Garnaut Billionaire Chau Chak Wing boasts among his treasures Buddha's jewel-encased remains.

Toddler's hit-and-run case shocks China

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John Garnaut Beijing CHINA has been engulfed by anger and introspection after a two-year-old girl was run over and left for dead as motorists and pedestrians veered around her bleeding body.

The Party's no fun for children of the revolution

Performers take to the stage near a picture of Mao Zedong at the Red Classic restaurant that capitalizes on nostalgia for China's past

John Garnaut, Beijing Offspring of China's influential ruling families are agitating for change, writes John Garnaut.

China's princelings break their silence

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John Garnaut WHEN Ma Xiaoli arrived this month at the Hall of Many Sages with the sister of China's likely next president, she had no intention of speaking what was on her mind.

Profound shift as China marches back to Mao

Flag-waving: Despite demands for democratic reforms, socialist and nationalist sentiment is rising.

John Garnaut, Beijing China is heading into a new Mao-inspired epoch of socialism and nationalism, says the founder of China's powerful internet platform.