Les Echoes - March 18, 2021
« Tout relâchement vis-à-vis de la Chine serait mal perçu par l'électorat américain, dont l'opinion n'a jamais été aussi négative à son égard, indique Philippe Le Corre, chercheur à la Harvard Kennedy School. Les sujets qui fâchent sont nombreux et sont cités nommément par l'administration Biden : les Ouïghours, Hong Kong, Taïwan, la mer de Chine du Sud, les questions commerciales, la cybersécurité… Côté chinois, les diplomates ont une feuille de route pour ne rien céder non plus sur l'essentiel. Les Etats-Unis et la Chine peuvent éventuellement se retrouver sur des enjeux comme le climat, le commerce international, la lutte contre la prolifération nucléaire et la pandémie.»
The New York Times - January 18, 2021
“For the trans-Atlantic relationship, it’s a slap in the face,” said Philippe Le Corre, a China scholar affiliated with Harvard’s Kennedy School and the Carnegie Endowment — especially after the Europeans in mid-November called on the incoming Biden administration to work with Europe on a joint approach to China. "It’s damaged the trans-Atlantic relationship already,” Mr. Le Corre said, before Mr. Biden even takes office and whether or not it is ultimately ratified by the European Parliament."
Politico - September 3, 2020
“Philippe Le Corre, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, tells China Watcher that Beijing’s hoping to “split as much as possible the transatlantic dialogue launched by Washington on China,” which took years to prepare. So far, that’s not happening. Next comes diplomat and Politburo member Yang Jiechi, heading south to Greece and Spain. Yang will bring a softer style, Le Corre says. “Both of them represent Beijing's two-tier diplomacy: the 'wolf-warriors' and the 'soft negotiators.' Judging from Yang's poor performance in dealing with Pompeo in Hawaii back in June, it seems the 'wolves' are still very influential in the PRC diplomacy.”
Foreign Policy - June 25, 2020
“What China didn’t understand is that by launching national champions and throwing state money at them, that created a lot of hostility all over the world but in Europe in particular—German and French companies feel that they are facing some very unfair competition,” said Philippe Le Corre, an expert on China and Europe at the Harvard Kennedy School. The new anti-subsidies measure, he said, “really says a lot about the shifts in the mood in Europe and the fact that the commission is translating that into action.”
Foreign Policy - May 27, 2020
“Philippe Le Corre, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, noted last year that there was hope of “quasi-unanimity” between the French and German positions on China. For the first time, the EU’s “strategic outlook” on China in March 2019 referred to the country as a “systemic rival,” and French President Emmanuel Macron invited his German and European Commission counterparts to talks with Xi that were meant to be bilateral. In the intervening months, however, Germany and France instead “ploughed their own separate paths,” wrote Le Corre, proving that when it comes to China policy, “national interests still prevail.”
The Atlantic - April 24, 2020
“As a result of this crisis, “French companies will be under enormous pressure to repatriate some of their productions from other countries, and the obvious choice will be China,” Philippe Le Corre, a nonresident senior fellow in the Europe and Asia Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told us.”
The Washington Post - January 16, 2020
Former senior E.U. diplomat investigated over China spying claims
“Obviously China has stepped up its presence in Europe, there’s no doubt about that, in quality and quantity,” said Philippe Le Corre, a senior researcher on China at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-author of the 2016 book 'China’s Offensive in Europe.' However, an investigation involving a European diplomat is highly unusual, Le Corre said. “It’s never happened in Europe, not like this.”
The New York Times - January 26, 2019
In 5G Race With China, U.S. Pushes Allies to Fight Huawei
“Europe is fascinating because they have to take sides,” said Philippe Le Corre, nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “They are in the middle. All these governments, they need to make decisions. Huawei is everywhere.”
The New York Times - March 15, 2018
Wary of China, Europe and Others Push Back on Foreign Takeovers
“There’s a general impression that China is rising on all fronts, and the question is how to deal with that,” said Philippe Le Corre, a China specialist and senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Most countries don’t know how to react.”
The New York Times - November 24, 2015
Meeting With François Hollande, Obama Urges Europe to Escalate ISIS Fight
“But it was unclear whether Mr. Obama’s words of support on Tuesday would satisfy France. “I hope that translates into action and it’s not just language,” said Philippe Le Corre, a former senior adviser to the French Defense Ministry who is now a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. “You can’t leave the French alone. The United States cannot avoid an increased presence of some kind.””
Ouest-France - Oct 6, 2021
Ouest France - Dec 15, 2020
Mercator Institute for China Studies (Germany) - Nov 12, 2020
The National Interest - Sep 21, 2020
It will take much more effort to convince European leaders of Beijing’s goodwill to compromise on issues such as reciprocity, market access, or human rights.
The Diplomat - Aug 14, 2020
As the U.K. leads and France follows, the world now awaits a verdict from Germany on Huawei, Hong Kong, and more.
Italian Institute for International Political Studies - Jun 29, 2020
Instead of a celebration, the EU-China annual summit which took place through videoconferences on June 22, showed irreconcilable differences over issues such as Hong Kong’s newly-announced national security law, cybersecurity and human rights.
United States Studies Centre Live - May 19, 2020
When the United States doesn’t have enough room in morgues or masks for healthcare providers, cities, states and the country as a whole will turn where they can for help they desperately need. Some international actors have been quick to flip into first responder mode with their new brand of “mask diplomacy” but exploiting vulnerability for personal gain is hardly new. Help with an agenda or strings attached comes at a cost. Whether it’s losing your economic footing with greater dependency on a foreign supply chain or providing unwitting access to cyber-sensitive information, the costs of receiving aid from bad Samaritans can be felt long after the crisis fades. How great is the cost? Does it outweigh the benefits? What are the risks to look out for?
The Foundation for Strategic Research (France) - Apr 23, 2020
Italy was one of the countries that are keeping the Chinese authorities most busy through a vast operation involving sending masks, respirators, diagnostic tests as well as visits by Chinese experts to Italy.
The Diplomat - Apr 15, 2020
China’s muscular coronavirus PR campaign in Europe may end up backfiring.
East Asia Forum (Australia) - Nov 26, 2019
China’s complex relationship with the European Union is symbolised through the events of November 2019. Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Greece almost as soon as French President Emmanuel Macron concluded his 3-day state visit to China on 6 November. China boasts a successful investment here — the Piraeus harbour of Athens.
Nikkei Asian Review - Nov 5, 2019
Macron's second official visit to the country should be about more than feeding the growing appetite for consumption by the Chinese. Rather, Macron ought to use his meetings with his Chinese counterpart and other top officials to boldly advance a broader European agenda on issues ranging from climate change to intellectual property and even to human rights.
Carnegie Europe Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe - Oct 31, 2019
France and Germany must stand united if Europe is to exert any meaningful political and economic influence in its relations with Beijing. But for now, national interests prevail.
Harvard Ash Center for Democrtic Governance and Innovation and Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government - Oct 8, 2019
When China started promoting its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, Europe was always going to be a key destination for both the "Belt" and the "Maritime Road" with an open goal of targeting the European consumer market. While Beijing has tried to promote its initiative across Europe, the BRI concept remains unclear to a lot of Europeans. In addition, it has been hard to differentiate between Chinese foreign direct investments (with a total amount of EUR 17.3 billion in 2018, mainly in the UK, Germany and France) and BRI-related projects, which have been scarce in the European Union - although the situation is quite different in the Balkans just outside the EU. Meanwhile, the EU has launched its own connectivity strategy, which makes Chinese objectives of offering to build infrastructures to European countries ever more challenging.
South China Morning Post - Apr 14, 2019
As US and China edge towards an accord over trade tariffs, Brussels reaches an understanding with China that relations be built on ‘openness, non-discrimination, and fair competition’ – and a need for vigilance. The EU has been very firm on trade with China, but less so on the vexed question of Beijing’s human rights record.
Center for International Security and Governance (CISG)-Bonn (Germany) - Apr 10, 2019
China’s global strategy has been met with strong pushback. Despite the recent Trump-Xi meeting, the U.S.-China relationship is unlikely to show sign of improvement for quite some time. Where does this leave Europe?
The Carnegie Endowment - Apr 8, 2019
The United States has long seen Europe as wishy washy in its response to Chinese expansion. But the EU’s interactions with China are becoming much more hard-nosed.
Nikkei Asian Review - Mar 21, 2019
Empowering local executives and engaging with the public can help allay suspicions
Euractiv - Mar 18, 2019
Since ascending to China’s top leadership, Xi Jinping has become well-known for his frequent overseas travels. Now that the annual session of the National People’s Congress is nearly over, the Chinese president can look forward to a busy international agenda, writes Philippe Le Corre.
The Diplomat - Mar 14, 2019
For all the overtures to China that Rome is making, Italy has not yet settled on what kind of relationship it actually wants.
South China Morning Post - Jan 27, 2019
China’s increasing economic and technological clout is becoming more apparent to the French public, many of whom view the country’s rise positively, writes Philippe Le Corre
The Diplomat - Jan 1, 2019
China is playing an increasingly active role in Serbia, part of its expansion in Central and Eastern Europe.
The National Interest - Dec 27, 2018
In a world marked by growing geopolitical rivalry between Washington and Beijing, U.S. allies will increasingly face a stark choice between the two.
Financial Times - Nov 26, 2018
Screening scheme will act as alert mechanism on foreign investments
The Diplomat - Nov 24, 2018
Why is this medium-sized southern European country being targeted by Chinese investors?
The National Interest - Oct 30, 2018
Chinese state-owned companies are using their financial leverage to build strongholds in Portugal, Greece and Italy. Many of the targeted countries are becoming soft supporters of China on the international stage.
Carnegie Europe Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe - Jul 19, 2018
Don’t place bets that a divided EU can successfully navigate a delicate balancing act between a disruptive Trump and an assertive China.
The Carnegie Endowment - Jul 5, 2018
With a growing presence and interest in the Indo-Pacific, France and the UK could be valuable U.S. partners in maintaining the regional rules-based order.
YaleGlobal Online - Jul 3, 2018
Europe and the United States target China by tightening screening mechanisms for inbound foreign investment
South China Morning Post - May 27, 2018
Eric Brattberg and Philippe Le Corre write that the German chancellor’s appeasing tone on China’s economic policies opens a negotiating window ahead of July summit
Nikkei Asian Review - May 4, 2018
Nazarbayev needs to interest other powers to avoid overdependence on China.
South China Morning Post - Apr 25, 2018
The French President could make common cause with his US counterpart given their mutual concerns about ‘unfair’ trade practices
The National Interest - Apr 19, 2018
Of the leaders of the West’s great powers, only Macron seems to have cracked the code on captivating Trump.
Institut Montaigne - Mar 5, 2018
Institut Montaigne - Feb 19, 2018
South China Morning Post - Jan 13, 2018
French president was charming but also sent a message as Beijing searches for an EU partner
Institut Montaigne - Jan 8, 2018
The National Interest - Jan 7, 2018
The Trump administration's National Security Strategy paints a picture of a world order marked by growing strategic competition by China and Russia.
The Brookings Institution Order from Chaos - Jan 2, 2018
What will it mean for Kazakhstan?
Institut Montaigne - Dec 18, 2017
Carnegie Europe Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe - Nov 24, 2017
Emmanuel Macron could soon become the de facto leader of the EU. But first, he needs to make the French economy great again.
Nikkei Asian Review - Oct 11, 2017
Bloc-wide framework best option for screening tech, infrastructure deals
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Jun 1, 2017
The wunderkind Emmanuel Macron has already been capitalizing on his electoral success, meeting with world leaders last week at the G-7 summit in Taormina, Italy, for example, and the NATO summit in Brussels. He appears to have tread cautiously in the presence of his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump.
ChinaFile - Jun 1, 2017
A ChinaFile Conversation
From May 31 to June 2, Premier Li Keqiang will visit Germany and Belgium, to “further deepen and enrich China’s relations with the European Union (EU) at a time of increasing global uncertainty,” according to an article in China’s state newswire Xinhua. Li’s trip comes four days after Donald Trump’s trip to Europe, where he criticized German trade policies; declined to reaffirm American commitment to Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which states ally states must aid other ally states in the event of an attack; and seemed to shove aside the Montenegrin Prime Minister in the lead-up to a photo. What is the state of Sino-European relations in the Trump era? And is Beijing actively trying to capitalize on growing tensions between Europe and the United States? Will China outshine the U.S. in relations with Europe?
The Interpreter (The Lowy Institute) - May 23, 2017
In recent years China has demonstrated its ability to divide Europeans by creating new entities such as the 16+1 mechanism.
Nikkei Asian Review - May 3, 2017
Election comes amid rising debate over Chinese investment, imports
Nikkei Asian Review - Apr 6, 2017
Global leadership void left behind by Trump won't be filled so easily
Wall Street Journal - Dec 29, 2016
America and Europe should coordinate tougher economic policies on China.
Nikkei Asian Review - Dec 15, 2016
On both sides of the Atlantic, governments have been discussing separate bilateral investment treaties with China, write Philippe Le Corre and Jonathan Pollack. But without a more coordinated strategy between the EU and the United States, mounting dissatisfaction will continue to rise.
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations - Oct 6, 2016
In his book China’s Offensive in Europe, Mr. Philippe Le Corre, an expert on Sino-European relations at the Brookings Institution, analyzes the nature and trends of Chinese investments in Europe, and what they mean for the intercontinental relationships. For the fifth installment of our 50th Anniversary series, China and the World, Mr. Le Corre discussed his book with the National Committee on October 6, 2016 in New York City.
Young China Watchers Brussels - Oct 2016
Center for Strategic and International Studies China Power Podcast - Jul 21, 2016
In this episode, we sit down with Brookings visiting fellow Philippe Le Corre to discuss the implications of Brexit for China. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, sending shockwaves throughout Europe and the rest of world. The reaction in China, the world’s second largest economy, was difficult to decipher. What Brexit means for China’s economic and political interests in Europe remains unclear.
Nikkei Asian Review - Jul 8, 2016
Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron once proudly stated that “there is no country in the Western world more open to Chinese investment than Britain.” What will happen to the Sino-British relationship now that the U.K. will almost certainly leave the EU?
The French Institute of International and Strategic Relations (IRIS) - Jun 22, 2016
In their book “China’s Offensive in Europe,” Philippe Le Corre, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and an Associate Research Fellow at IRIS, and Alain Sepulchre, a senior adviser with BCG in Hong Kong, analyze China’s rapidly expanding footprint on the continent — and what it means in global terms. They set out some of their thinking in a written Q&A with China Real Time
Politico - May 12, 2016
The Asian superpower is poised to divide and rule Europe.
The Straits Times - May 10, 2016
Weak euro, less competitive relations, spur Chinese interest in Europe over America
The National Interest - May 9, 2016
Paris's Pacific interests are broader than China alone.
Financial Times - Apr 20, 2016
Foreign Affairs - Apr 5, 2016
Why Beijing Wants to Invest in the United Kingdom
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Mar 17, 2016
As Britain prepares itself for the historic June 23 referendum on its membership of the European Union, an unexpected player has entered the debate: China. With Chinese businesses and the government now investing in big, lucrative projects in Britain, they’re clearly worried about the economic implications of Brexit. In recent weeks, Chinese officials and business leaders alike have become more vocal in their support for European unity (and, though they haven’t said it explicitly, for the “stay” campaign).
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Dec 18, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Nov 3, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Sep 2, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order from Chaos - Jul 29, 2015
China and the United Kingdom Rekindle Their Ties
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Jun 26, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - May 27, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order from Chaos - Apr 16, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order from Chaos - Mar 17, 2015
The Brookings Institution Order From Chaos - Feb 26, 2015
The hunt for foreign investors is a fact of modern times. It is certainly a priority for many cash-strapped governments dealing with a sluggish economy. However, democratically-elected politicians cannot just call in foreign entities to help them rescue their public finances or even some of their industries. At the very least, politics need to be explained and justified, as events in Europe have shown in the past few months.
Wall Street Journal - Jan 21, 2015
France was once Europe’s last bastion against Chinese takeovers of domestic brands. No longer.