David Wertime is Head of Global Growth and Partnerships at Duco, an online marketplace connecting high-level consultants in international business and geopolitical risk with private clients. He was previously a ChinaFile Senior Editor and Strategic Consultant Fellow with the Center on U.S.-China Relations.

He spent four years as Senior Editor for China at Foreign Policy magazine. He joined Foreign Policy after co-founding Tea Leaf Nation, an English-language website that analyzed Chinese media, acquired September 2013 by Foreign Policy’s parent company. Wertime’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and other well-known outlets. He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and lectured at venues including Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and the State Department’s Fulbright program. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman National Security Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Before founding Tea Leaf Nation, Wertime practiced law in New York and Hong Kong. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Fuling, China from 2001 to 2003.

Wertime is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Last Updated: November 13, 2018



Bird Flu Fears: Should We Trust Beijing This Time?

David Wertime, Yanzhong Huang & more
David Wertime:A new strain of avian flu called H7N9 has infected at least seven humans and killed three in provinces near the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai, with the first death occurring on March 4. Meanwhile, in the last month, about 16,000 pigs...



Why Did Apple Apologize to Chinese Consumers and What Does It Mean?

Jeremy Goldkorn, Isabel Hilton & more
Jeremy Goldkorn:On March 22, before the foreign media or Apple themselves seemed to have grasped the seriousness of the CCTV attacks on the Californian behemoth, I wrote a post on Danwei.com that concluded:“The signs are clear that regulators and...



Where Does Beijing’s Pollution Come From?

David Wertime & David M. Barreda from Sohu
In January alone, a stifling and noxious haze twice enveloped the Chinese capital of Beijing, pushing air quality indexes literally off the charts and inciting widespread outrage both on-line and off. Pollution—and the outcry surrounding it—has...