|Philippe Le Corre is a visiting fellow in the foreign policy program of The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and a senior adviser to Sciences Po University in Paris. His research focuses on China-Europe relations, Chinese foreign investments in Europe and Chinese soft power.
Mr. Le Corre joined Brookings in 2014 after a long career related to China, initially as a foreign correspondent for Radio France International and Le Point newsweekly, from 1988 to 1998. He reported on China’s open-door policy, Chinese politics, and international relations. After serving as a reporter for five years in the UK, he became a fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 2003, continuing his focus on China. He left Harvard to join the office of the French Minister of Defense, first as a senior adviser on international affairs and public diplomacy, and then as a senior policy analyst on Northeast Asia within the Ministry’s policy planning staff.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Le Corre worked in the private sector as a partner with Publicis Group, the world’s third largest communications group, where he handled a large range of Asian clients, from China’s ICBC bank to the Singapore Ministry of Culture. As the partner in charge of the Shanghai office, he also oversaw a large contract with the Shanghai government unit handling the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.Mr. Le Corre’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times,Foreign Affairs, Le Monde, China Economic Quarterly, and other widely read publications. His books include China’s Offensive in Europe (2016); Tony Blair, les rendez-vous manqués (Tony Blair’s Missed Opportunities, 2004); Quand la Chine va au marché, leçons de capitalisme à la chinoise (When China Goes to the Markets, 1999); and Après Hong Kong (After Hong Kong, 1997).
Mr. Le Corre graduated from the Sorbonne University in 1988 with an MA in political science and a degree in Asian politics from the Institute of Oriental Studies.
Copies of Mr. Le Corre’s book China’s Offensive in Europe will be available for purchase at the event.