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China overtakes USA for most diplomatic posts






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China now has more diplomatic posts around the world than any other country. Diplomatic posts represent a country overseas. China now has 276 diplomatic posts, while the USA has 273. They have the same number of embassies. China has more consulates. China overtook the USA after it opened five new embassies in the past two years. The embassies are in Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia and Sao Tome and the Principe.

The diplomatic posts information is in a report called the Global Diplomacy Index. It shows China is having more influence in the world. It wants to be a bigger player in the world economy. A spokeswoman said: "China's network of overseas consulates can support...Beijing's economic ambitions." China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, but "U.S. diplomacy has entered a period of limbo".

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