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David Wertime & Rachel Lu | U.S.-China Relations in the Internet Age

  • Wooden Box 9 Qinghai Road Shanghai China (map)
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The Harvard Club of Shanghai, in association with Hopkins China Forum and Young China Watchers, is pleased to present David Wertime (HLS '07), Senior Editor at Foreign Policy in China and the founder of Tea Leaf Nation, and Rachel Lu (HLS '07), Senior Editor at Foreign Policy as they speak about US-China relations in the age of the internet

19:00 – Doors Open 
19:15 – Lecture 
20:00 – Q&A 
20:30 – Mixer/Drinks/Dinner 
21:30 – Live music at the Wooden Box 

Please RSVP to Frank Tsai ([email protected])

Information about 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? 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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 Company (now Graham Holdings). Before that, he practiced corporate law in New York and Hong Kong. A former Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the suburbs of Chongqing, David has spent a total of four years in China.  

Rachel Lu is a Senior Editor at Foreign Policy. She was born in Chengdu, China. She has appeared frequently on media outlets including BBC television and Public Radio International. Prior to joining FP, she co-founded Tea Leaf Nation, an independent media analysis company focused on China, later acquired by the Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings). Before that, she 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 University and an Economics and International Studies degree from Yale University.