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China overtakes USA for most diplomatic posts






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China has the more embassies and consulates around the world than any other country. It has 276 diplomatic posts. The USA has 273. They have the same number of embassies. China has more consulates. China opened five new embassies in the past two years. The new embassies are on four continents.

The Global Diplomacy Index shows China is becoming stronger in the world. It wants to be a bigger part of the world economy. Its network of diplomatic posts can help China become stronger. China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, but USA diplomacy "has entered a period of limbo".

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