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2019 Global Diplomacy Index

2019 Global Diplomacy Index

The 2019 Global Diplomacy Index was released on 27th November 2019 by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute which gives the latest statistics, marking how the world’s diplomatic networks are expanding and, in some instances, shrinking.

Key Points:

  • China now has more diplomatic posts across the world than the US, which is a marker of its growing international clout and ambition.
  • France, Japan, and Russia occupy the next three spots.
  • China has overtaken the US in the year 2019 with 276 embassies and consulates worldwide, which is three more than the US, but Beijing has three more consulates.
  • India is ranked 12th among the 61 countries which are ranked by the Lowy Institute.
  • India too has expanded its diplomatic footprint. Currently, New Delhi has 123 embassies and high commissions and 54 consulates globally as of 2019.
  • In two years, Beijing has grown its network by five diplomatic posts, following the opening of seven new missions and the shutdown of two. It's ascent to the top spot has been rapid. In 2016, China was in third place behind the US and France, and by 2017 it had moved to second place ahead of France.
  • Taiwan has seen the biggest drop in diplomatic posts, down from 22 embassies in 2016 to 15 this year.

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