PHANTOM WITNESS

SENATORS AT HEARINGS THIS WEEK WILL HAVE LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT JOHN HUANG, THE ARCHITECT OF ASIAN FUND RAISING, BUT HE MAY NOT SUPPLY THE ANSWERS

John Huang had never before lost his cool in front of his colleagues. Yet here was the Democratic fund raiser agitating for three top executives from the world's biggest foreign investor in China to be invited to a White House coffee for prospective donors. Party officials saw no point in taking up space with foreigners not legally entitled to contribute. But "it was the only time Huang ever snapped," a former party official told TIME. And as a result, the three men from the Bangkok-based CP Group slipped into the White House in early June in 1996 to make their pitch...

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