John Garnaut

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.

Concern Mao's most faithful are pulling leader Xi to hard left

John Garnaut BEIJING: In the heady days of the early post-Mao years, as China began opening to the world, a youthful Xi Jinping attended a fortnightly study group with other top leaders' children to network,...

Xi bound by his ties to Mao's 'children'

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John Garnaut In the early post-Mao years, as China began opening to the world, a youthful Xi Jinping attended a fortnightly study group with other top leaders' children to network and make sense of the momentous...

Crusading general ducks for cover as fellow bloggers return fire

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan speaks to journalists in front of the Great Hall of the People during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing March 3, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR3BXT6

John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most famous sabre-rattling general has turned uncharacteristically silent after a bruising first foray on the ''battleground'' of online public opinion.

Chinese general dives in deep end on social media

People's Liberation Army Major General Luo Yuan.

John Garnaut China's most famous sabre-rattling general has picked the fight of his life online.

'Red aristocracy' backs leader's vision for future

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John Garnaut Members of the Chinese Communist Party's 'red aristocracy' rally behind the country's new leader, Xi Jinping.

'Second Generation Red' fall in behind Xi Jinping

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John Garnaut Nostalgic and disillusioned sections of the Communist Party’s "red aristocracy” have rallied strongly behind the new leader, Xi Jinping, in gatherings over the Spring Festival break.

Support for Bo grows before China's 'trial of the century'

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John Garnaut BEIJING: The purge of Bo Xilai is in danger of losing momentum as the maverick political star remains defiant and associates question the fairness of keeping him in jail while other tainted leaders...

Day will come when we must choose US or China

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John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a high-ranking Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great power rivalry could lead to war.

China muscles US in Pacific

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John Garnaut Within two decades the US will be forced out of the western Pacific, says a senior Chinese military officer, amid concerns that increasingly militarised great-power rivalry could lead to war.

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Why China won't rein in its wayward ally

John Garnaut Western world is once again hoping China will lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it developing a credible nuclear weapon, after the North proclaimed its third test on Tuesday.

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China, North Korea - close as lips and teeth

A Chinese flag near the Yalu River.

John Garnaut The Western world should not expect China to lean on its bellicose ally, North Korea, and prevent it from developing a credible nuclear weapon, writes John Garnaut.

North Korea nuclear test alarms the neighbours

South Korean passengers watch TV news reporting North Korea's apparent nuclear test, at the Seoul train station on February 12, 2013.  North Korea's apparent nuclear test had an explosive yield of between six and seven kilotons, South Korea's defence ministry said, revising its earlier estimate of 10 kilotons or more. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said seismic monitors had detected a tremor with a 4.9 magnitude emanating from the North's nuclear test site.       AFP PHOTO / KIM JAE-HWAN

John Garnaut BEIJING: North Korea has once again defied the world to conduct its third nuclear test, taking the hermit kingdom a step closer to a credible nuclear weapon that could theoretically strike the United...

N Korea nuclear test puts neighbours on notice

John Garnaut North Korea has once again defied the world to conduct its third nuclear test, taking the hermit kingdom a step closer to a credible nuclear weapon that could theoretically strike the United States...

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South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests

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John Garnaut BEIJING: South Korea will pre-emptively strike against North Korea if it shows intent to use a nuclear weapon, a top South Korean general says.

Warships target Japan as standoff intensifies

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John Garnaut CHINESE warships have aimed missile radars at Japanese military targets in what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called ''a dangerous action that could lead to unforeseen consequences''.

Japan's PM condemns targeting of warship

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John Garnaut BEIJING: The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has denounced China for a ''dangerous'' escalation of a stand-off in the East China Sea, after accusations that Chinese vessels had aimed missile...

China, Japan on the brink

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Yuudachi is seen in this undated handout photo released by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and obtained by Reuters on February 5, 2013. A Chinese vessel pointed a type of radar normally used to help guide missiles at a Japanese navy ship near disputed East China Sea islets, prompting the Japanese government to lodge a protest with China, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday. The incident happened on Jan. 30, a frigate of the Chinese navy directed fire-control radar at the Yuudachi, the defence minister said. REUTERS/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Handout (MID-SEA - Tags: MILITARY MARITIME) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

John Garnaut Chinese warships have pointed missile radars at Japanese military targets, Japan says.

Beijing's blanket of smog sparks fresh idea

John Garnaut, Beijing A Chinese entrepreneur is selling fresh air in soft drink cans, similar to bottled drinking water, as north China is once again choking in toxic smog.

Canned air for sale in China, as blanket of smog returns

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John Garnaut Canned fresh air sold as pollution worsens in China.

Testing times inside the tiger's den

Tang Shengchang, principal of Shanghai High School.

John Garnaut Ten-year-old Leo Xi sits on a piano stool at a birthday party in Beijing's affluent north-east, jammed between his parents, as they debate whether he studies too hard.