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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.

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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.

Chinese schools: rich and poor

The Age News Beijing school teachers and students for John Garnaut story. Photo by Sanghee Liu. Liu Ting at Beijing Tongzhou Rainbow Primary School and her friends in a classroomClick to play video

John Garnaut China's schools may reflect the huge wealth gap in the country, but children in both rich and poor areas share a powerful hunger to learn.

China colonel raises nuclear spectre

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John Garnaut, Beijing A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to...

Shun US 'tiger' and Japanese 'wolf', Chinese colonel warns

John Garnaut A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to...

Anger as pollution levels soar and toxic fog blankets China's capital

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John Garnaut BEIJING: A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious political challenge.

Toxic air blocks out the sun in Beijing

A resident plays with a diabolo in a park during a heavily hazy winter day in Beijing.

John Garnaut A blanket of toxic air that has blocked out the sun across most of north China is dominating social media and looming as a serious health and political challeng

Censorship battle captivates Chinese students

John Garnaut Chinese students are rekindling an interest in politics thanks to a series of epic scandals and the advent of social media.

Censorship battle captivates Chinese students

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John Garnaut SHANGHAI: Chinese school students are rekindling an interest in politics thanks to a series of epic political scandals and the advent of social media.

Peoples' power will reform China, says Qin Xiao

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John Garnaut GROWING pressure from the Chinese public will force the new Xi Jinping administration to turn the world's most populous country to the path of political and economic reform, says one of Mr Xi's old...

Chinese journalists strike against censorship

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John Garnaut A rare walkout by Chinese journalists poses an early test for China's new leader.