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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.

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.

Ng knew company made 'grey' information


John Garnaut Beijing, Zhang Yufei, Guangzhou THE Australian entrepreneur Matthew Ng knew his company made a 100,000 yuan ($15,340) ''grey'' payment to an official in exchange for information, his lawyer said in court yesterday.

After nine months, China lets wife speak to accused Aussie husband


John Garnaut, Guangzhou An Australian businessman on trial in China spoke to his wife for the first time since he was taken from the basement of his home by seven plain-clothes police officers nine months ago.

Court blocks media from China bribery trial

Matthew Ng with wife Niki Chow.

John Garnaut, Guangzhou A court in China this morning barred all media from covering the controversial trial of Australian entrepreneur Matthew Ng, despite repeated pledges of open proceedings.

Bo can do! One man does his bit to be the great will of China

Chinese politician Bo Xilai.

John Garnaut Wang Li started feeling edgy when her mother was not home by tea time. She called her mobile phone, the voice on the other end sounded calm and reassuring, but even so, she jumped in her car and sped...

Crises everywhere, but one to watch is China ... and its pork prices

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John Garnaut AUSTRALIA'S financial traders have responded to the market bloodshed in the United States and Europe, but their eyes will soon revert to China, the resource-hungry giant upon which Australia's...

Plea for Ng heralds new charges as case complicates China relations

Matthew Ng and Niki Chow.

John Garnaut GUANGZHOU city authorities have levelled new charges against the Australian tourism executive Matthew Ng, as the Trade Minister, Craig Emerson, prepares to lead 100 Australian businessmen on a tour...

Chinese documentary raises the flag for freedom

Yang Weidong.

John Garnaut It is a work in progress, but the 20-minute documentary film that artist Yang Weidong released in Hong Kong yesterday has already produced some definite results.

Power to China's press, as long as party's in charge

Li DongDong.

John Garnaut, Beijing LI DONGDONG ultimately controls 2000 different newspapers, 10,000 magazines and 300,000 book titles, and she can access a seemingly limitless taxpayer-funded budget. But she's far from satisfied.

Chinese publishers ready to tap global market

Ten-year mission ... Li Dongdong with her editor father, Li Zhuang.

John Garnaut BEIJING: Li Dongdong ultimately controls 2000 different newspapers, 10,000 magazines, 300,000 book titles and she can access a seemingly limitless taxpayer-funded budget. But she's far from satisfied.

Ex-jailed billionaire challenges China's party machine

Unprecedented ... citizen Cao Tian wants to stand for mayor.

John Garnaut BEIJING: Cao Tian rode China's democracy wave in 1989 until, like thousands of others, it swept him into jail.

Chinese billionaire courts democracy

Cao Tian.

John Garnaut, Beijing A wealthy businessman and private citizen standing for mayor might not seem a big issue in the West, but in China it is a different matter.