The Reading / Listening - Diplomatic Posts - Level 2

China has more diplomatic posts around the world than any other country. Diplomatic posts include embassies and consulates. They represent a country overseas. China overtook the USA. China now has 276 diplomatic posts, while the USA has 273. The two countries have an equal number of embassies, but 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.



Information about the number of diplomatic posts countries have was published in a report called the Global Diplomacy Index. A spokeswoman said the Index shows China is having more influence in the world. China's increasing diplomatic posts shows it wants to be a key player in the global economy. The spokeswoman said: "The results suggest that...China's network of overseas consulates can support the rollout of Beijing's economic ambitions." While China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, the spokeswoman said: "U.S. diplomacy has entered a period of limbo".

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Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/26/asia/us-china-diplomacy-lowy-intl-hnk/index.html
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-overtakes-us-number-diplomatic-missions-041540880.html
  • https://globaldiplomacyindex.lowyinstitute.org/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. more diplomatic posts
  2. Diplomatic posts include
  3. They represent a
  4. China overtook
  5. China now has 276 diplomatic
  6. have an equal
  7. it opened five new
  8. in the past
  1. country overseas
  2. two years
  3. posts
  4. embassies
  5. around the world
  6. the USA
  7. embassies
  8. number

Paragraph 2

  1. Information about the number
  2. published in a
  3. China is having more influence
  4. it wants to be a key
  5. China's network of overseas
  6. Beijing's economic
  7. China is expanding its
  8. a period of
  1. consulates
  2. diplomatic presence
  3. player
  4. limbo
  5. report
  6. in the world
  7. ambitions
  8. of diplomatic posts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China (1) ___________________ posts around the world than any other country. Diplomatic posts include embassies and consulates. They (2) ___________________ overseas. China overtook the USA. China now has 276 diplomatic posts, while the USA has 273. The two countries have (3) ___________________ of embassies, but China has more consulates. China (4) ___________________ after it opened five new embassies in (5) ___________________ years. The (6) ___________________ Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia and Sao Tome and the Principe.

Information about (7) ___________________ diplomatic posts countries have was published (8) ___________________ called the Global Diplomacy Index. A spokeswoman said the Index shows China is having (9) ___________________ the world. China's increasing diplomatic posts shows it wants to be a (10) ___________________ the global economy. The spokeswoman said: "The results suggest that...China's network of overseas consulates can (11) ___________________ of Beijing's economic ambitions." While China is expanding its diplomatic presence around the world, the spokeswoman said: "U.S. diplomacy has entered a (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinahasmorediplomaticpostsaroundtheworldthananyothercountr
y.Diplomaticpostsincludeembassiesandconsulates.Theyrepresenta
countryoverseas.ChinaovertooktheUSA.Chinanowhas276diplomati
cposts,whiletheUSAhas273.Thetwocountrieshaveanequalnumberof
embassies,butChinahasmoreconsulates.ChinaovertooktheUSAafte
ritopenedfivenewembassiesinthepasttwoyears.Theembassiesarein
BurkinaFaso,theDominicanRepublic,ElSalvador,theGambiaandSao
TomeandthePrincipe.Informationaboutthenumberofdiplomaticpost
scountrieshavewaspublishedinareportcalledtheGlobalDiplomacyIn
dex.AspokeswomansaidtheIndexshowsChinaishavingmoreinfluenc
eintheworld.China'sincreasingdiplomaticpostsshowsitwantstobeak
eyplayerintheglobaleconomy.Thespokeswomansaid:"Theresultssu
ggestthat...China'snetworkofoverseasconsulatescansupporttheroll
outofBeijing'seconomicambitions."WhileChinaisexpandingitsdiplom
aticpresencearoundtheworld,thespokeswomansaid:"U.S.diplomac
yhasenteredaperiodoflimbo".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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