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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.

Money to burn, but no idea about an elegant sufficiency

John Garnaut GUIYANG, China: Pu Ling, a painter in China's poorest and least egalitarian province, is taking on the ultimate artistic challenge.

China expels journalist after Wen revelations

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John Garnaut AN AUSTRALIAN journalist with The New York Times has been expelled from China in an apparent act of retaliation for a news report about the family wealth of the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao.

Pressure mounts on Carr over China rights abuses

Senator Bob Carr.

John Garnaut Beijing PRESSURE is mounting on Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr to take an open and forthright approach to legal abuses in China.

High stakes in China's game of thrones

Outspoken: Ji Pomin did not hold back in criticising Jiang Zemin.

John Garnaut Two years ago on June 4, the most sensitive date in the Chinese political calendar, a princeling called Ji Pomin was laying a carpet for his elderly mother when he received an intriguing text message...

China's new man pledges growth

Xi Jinping.

John Garnaut, Beijing Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

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Fresh faces reveal the influence of powerbrokers from the past

John Garnaut Hu Jintao underscored one legacy challenge that looms larger than the rest: corruption.

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Notable in their absence: the potential leaders of a true revolution

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John Garnaut IT IS A measure of the scale of China's challenges and aspirations that Hu Jintao is widely seen as a disappointment despite handing over an economy that is four times larger in US dollar terms than...

China's fresh start still mired in old traditions

Chinese Vice president Xi Jinping

John Garnaut BEIJING: Xi Jinping, a son of the communist aristocracy, has been handed uncontested authority to lead the world's most populous nation through the next decade.

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Xi takes control in China's new era

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John Garnaut Xi Jinping has walked on stage after a fraught and unexpected delay to take the reins of the world’s most powerful political organisation.

New faces to sit at China's top table

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John Garnaut, Beijing The stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic...

China takes great leap into the unknown

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John Garnaut BEIJING: Hopes are evaporating that key reform-minded leaders will squeeze into the new team that will lead China for the next five years.

A new Chinese dynasty on the rise

Xi Jinping

John Garnaut THE stakes are so high in Thursday's leadership transition that many Chinese analysts are framing it in terms of the rise and fall of dynasties, amid accumulating social, political and economic...

Little evidence new leader's father a man of the people

Xi Jinping and his father Xi Zhongxun.

John Garnaut WHEN China's long-suffering liberals look for clues about their incoming leader, Xi Jinping, they often take hope from a belief that his father courageously condemned the Beijing massacres that...

Elites fight secret battle for China's soul

Tiananmen Square

John Garnaut Two years ago, China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

Building China's enlightenment

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John Garnaut Two years ago China's most successful investment banker broke away from his meetings in Berlin to explore a special exhibition that caught his eye: Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime.

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The fear of freedom

Communist Party

John Garnaut. At first glance it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the ''Jasmine Revolutions'', which last...

Beware of Western hostile forces

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John Garnaut At first glance, it is surprising that Liu Yuan, who is seen to be the boldest and most ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army, was so unnerved by the Jasmine Revolutions that rolled...

Corruption fighter Liu latest China casualty

John Garnaut BEIJING: The most openly ambitious general in the People's Liberation Army appears to have been sidelined following his self-styled ''do-or-die'' fight against corruption in military ranks.

Outgoing president warns on corruption

Hu Jintao

John Garnaut, Beijing Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that corruption could bring about the collapse of the Communist Party-state, after a year of staggering revelations about wealth amassed by China's leading...

Shoulder to shoulder, leaders jostle for superiority

Hu Jintao, Jiang Zemin and Wen Jiabao.

John Garnaut BEIJING: It hasn't quite the same feel as a Barack Obama acceptance speech but, for aficionados of Chinese politics, the opening of the 18th Communist Party Congress is as good as it gets.