David Wertime is a Senior Editor at Foreign Policy. He has discussed Chinese media and U.S.-China relations on outlets including BBC television, Al Jazeera English television, Public Radio International, and Voice of America, and spoken before audiences that include the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Wilson Center, the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office. A Knight News Challenge 2012 finalist, David is a Truman National Security Fellow, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and a ChinaFile Fellow at the Asia Society. Prior to joining FP, he co-founded Tea Leaf Nation, an independent media analysis company focused on China, later acquired by the Washington Post. Before that, he practiced corporate law in New York and Hong Kong. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Chongqing, David has spent a total of four years in China. He holds a law degree from Harvard University and BA from Yale.
Rachel Lu is a Senior Editor at Foreign Policy. Born in Chengdu, she has appeared frequently on media outlets including BBC television and Public Radio International. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, she co-founded Tea Leaf Nation, and practiced corporate law at Latham & Watkins in New York and Hong Kong, and worked for Lehman Brothers as a sovereign risk analyst. She holds a law degree from Harvard and BA from Yale.
Information in China has never been more readily accessible. In particular, the explosive growth of the Chinese Internet has changed the equation for reporters, businesses, diplomats, and policy-makers by forming a massive digital bridge to undergird the world’s most important bilateral relationship: that between China and the U.S. But the relationship has also reached a combustible point, given to false narratives and misunderstandings. How does information move between the two countries today, circa 2014? How do U.S. policymakers and average citizens consume that information in forming conclusions and making decisions? And how can the existing architecture be used to raise the quality of information available about China?