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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 scrambles for clues after Kim's death

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.

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

John Garnaut dinkus

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.

Mao awaits demise of namesake's legacy

Mao Yushi

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

Mao Yushi.

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...

Australian's priceless Chinese museum display

Sarira stupa.

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

Private museum a reflection of China's growing prosperity

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...

Toddler's hit-and-run case shocks China


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.

Chinese pendulum swings to the left


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

As China's emissions rise, so too does sceptics' hot air


John Garnaut, China Hu Jintao stares down claims human-induced climate change is an American conspiracy.

Chinese sceptics see global warming as US conspiracy

Chinese workers eat their meals near a windmill.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It's not only Western leaders like Julia Gillard and Barack Obama who face fierce resistance from climate sceptics as they try to lay out policies to tackle global warming.

Success demands some sacrifices

Chen Bi with her mother Yisu.

John Garnaut Chen Dongchu was born in October 1949, a few days after Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic of China. ''Dongchu'' means the sun in the East has begun to rise.

Australian accountant awaits her fate after trial for embezzlement

Charlotte Chou

John Garnaut, Sanghee Liu, Zhang Yufei The Australian accountant Charlotte Chou has produced a chain of documents that she said showed the police case against her was ''malicious'' and had been ''fabricated'', in the second and final day...

Provincial boss offers China a liberal route to bolster party relevance

Wang Yang

John Garnaut GUANGZHOU: The leader of China's most populous province is cautiously promoting a more democratic model against the prevailing political winds.

Chou a pawn in revenge plot, says her ex-lover

Australian citizen Charlotte Chou with her son Lincoln when he was born. Lincoln is now 4 years old. His mother is in detention in China on embezzlement. Story John Garnaut. Photo: Supplied

John Garnaut THE Australian businesswoman Charlotte Chou will face a Guangzhou criminal court next week because she is a pawn in a bigger game of greed, revenge and massive bribes paid to the city's top...

Australian businesswoman falls foul of China's legal system

Charlotte Chou

John Garnaut in Beijing CHINA'S legal system has struck again against a successful Australian business person - this time a single mother who founded a private university in Guangzhou.

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.