China surpasses the United States in the number of diplomatic missions for the first time[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/11/27 10:43 • 48 times read[/rtl]
China has for the first time surpassed the United States in terms of the number of diplomatic missions deployed in the world, according to a study published Wednesday provided new evidence of Beijing's international ambitions.
China's prestigious rise in diplomatic ranks continues in 2019, boosted by the creation of diplomatic posts in countries that previously recognized Taiwan, according to the prestigious Australian Lowe Institute.
The authors of the biennial report titled "Global Diplomacy Index" that "with 276 positions globally, China for the first time exceeded the US network with three positions."
In findings that could be an indicator of geopolitical shifts, the research institute said US diplomacy had "entered a period of stagnation" with President Donald Trump making budget cuts and problems with the survival of professional diplomats.
The United States has not opened any new posts and was forced to close its consulate in St. Petersburg amid mutual expulsions of diplomats following the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Scribal in Britain.
But the United States remained the first place with regard to the presence of an embassy or consulate, with missions to 61 countries and a total of 342 positions compared to 256 foreign diplomatic missions in China.
At the same time, China's presence has increased with the opening of new missions in Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Gambia and Sao Tome, all former diplomatic friends of Taipei.
But the number of buildings around the world offers little evidence of the effectiveness of diplomats there. However, it provides a glimpse of broader political patterns.
Despite a pledge to develop an "international Britain" without EU membership, the UK fell to 11th in the rankings, behind Italy, Spain and Brazil.
On the other hand, Ireland and the Netherlands have strengthened their diplomatic networks by more than six missions each "as part of their strategy for Brexit" in order to benefit economically and diplomatically from the exit of Britain. is over