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Robert Oxnam was a distinguished China scholar and diplomatic adviser. Then his world began to fall apart

Back in 1990, Robert Oxnam was on top of the world. He had parlayed an academic career as a China scholar into the presidency of the prestigious Asia Society, the leading sponsor of cultural, educational and artistic contact between the U.S. and Asia. And because the late '80s were a time of increasing political unrest in China--culminating in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre--Oxnam, now 62, was frequently tapped by political leaders to help them figure out how to deal with the Chinese. He even accompanied former President George H.W. Bush as an on-the-ground adviser on a goodwill trip to China in...

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