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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.

President warns on corruption

John Garnaut BEIJING: The Chinese President, Hu Jintao, has warned that corruption could bring about the collapse of the Communist Party and the state, after a year of staggering revelations about the wealth that...

Brawling goes on as party delegates meet

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's most fraught and uncertain leadership transition in decades may catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

Doubts loom over China 'election'

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John Garnaut CHINA'S most uncertain leadership transition in decades could catalyse lasting institutional innovations in the way leaders are chosen, analysts say.

Foreign media, the force China cannot control

CORRECTS DATE IN SECOND SENTENCE, FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gestures during a press conference after the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China.  China blocked access to The New York Times website Friday, Oct. 26, 2012,  after the paper published a lengthy article claiming the family of Premier Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments.  (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

John Garnaut A NEW YORK TIMES exposé´ on the riches amassed by the family of the Premier, Wen Jiabao, shows how foreign media could now play a ''transformational'' role in Chinese politics and...

China v US: the rise and fall of empire

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Nick O'Malley, Washington and John Garnaut, Beijing Late one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home in Iowa.

Media changes message for anxious China

John Garnaut Beijing THENew York Times expose on the riches amassed by the family of Premier Wen Jiabao shows how foreign media could now play a ''transformational'' role in Chinese politics and policymaking, says a new...

The rise and fall of empire

Nick O'Malley, John Garnaut LATE one afternoon in mid-February, China's president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, stood on the front verandah of Sarah Lande's home on a bluff that rises over the little town of Muscatine, Iowa, and...

China's factions in struggle for power

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's imminent leadership transition is descending into chaos, say some analysts, amid rolling scandals and signs of factional infighting between the current President and his predecessor.

China's leadership transition facing 'chaos'

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John Garnaut, Beijing China's imminent leadership transition is descending into 'chaos', say some close analysts, amid rolling scandals and new signs of factional infighting.

The A to Z of Chinese politics

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John Garnaut AMERICA, China's obsession, the measure of the country's achievement and the mirror in which the Chinese Communist Party defines itself.

The political explosion of Bo Xilai

John Garnaut He was the rock star of Chinese politics and his fall from the stage was spectacular.

The man who might have been king

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(FILES) In this file picture taken on 12 March 2007 Chinese politician Bo Xilai gestures during a press conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.    A sensational political scandal unfolding in China has exposed the high level of impunity enjoyed by elites at a time when social tensions are rising, highlighting the need for change, observers say.     AFP PHOTO/FILES/Frederic J. BROWN

John Garnaut E very March, the Chinese capital comes to a standstill for the 10-day gathering of the National People's Congress at the Soviet-designed Great Hall of the People.

The rock star of Chinese politics

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John Garnaut IN March of each year, the Chinese capital comes to a standstill for the 10-day gathering of the National People's Congress at the Soviet-designed Great Hall of the People.

Leaves on the march in teacup of China

John Garnaut, Beijing China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of key military appointments expected to be announced...

Marching order: photos give clue to next military line-up

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John Garnaut BEIJING: China's tea leaf watchers are turning to the performing arts for clues about the country's once-in-a-decade leadership transition, with a slew of military appointments expected to be...

Rising without a trace

Xi Jinping at the banquet in Beijing last month commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

John Garnaut, Liangjiahe, China After seven years toiling with the masses, Xi Jinping's remarkable transformation will culminate in him taking control of the world's second most powerful nation.

Leader cast from clay of Yellow Earth

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John Garnaut If every modern president needs a creation myth then Xi Jinping's begins on the dusty loess plateau of north-west China.

Chinese slowdown lowers social unrest

John Garnaut, Guangzhou The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, according to a senior Chinese security official.

China's land seizures drop

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John Garnaut The slowdown in the Chinese economy is producing an unexpected reduction in violence and social conflict, a senior Chinese security official says.

China's new leader right man for times: Rudd

President in waiting Xi Jinping and former prime minister Kevin Rudd.

John Garnaut, Beijing China's incoming leader, Xi Jinping, is 'the man for the times' who will transform the Chinese economy and reach a new security accommodation with US President Barack Obama, says former prime...