Philippe Le Corre has followed the rise of China and its relations with Europe and U.S. throughout a career that has spanned government, media, academia and business, on both sides of the Atlantic and in Asia. A former foreign correspondent, he was also at one time an adviser to the French government. These days he is a Senior Fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis and research fellow at Harvard University. In this edited transcript of a recent conversation, we began by talking about the recent trips made by European leaders to Beijing. Philippe Le Corre. Illustration by Kate Copeland Q: Let’s kick off by talking about French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China [in April], where he talked about Europe and France having a distinctive approach towards China. Is that something that you see as desirable, or should the EU be looking to put on a united front with the United States? A: There has been a sort of acceleration of time iSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.