France overtaken by Japan and Turkey within the rating of diplomatic networks | EUROtoday

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Dthem new locations misplaced. The Lowy Institute, an Australian suppose tank, revealed its rating of world diplomacy on Sunday February 25. France is ranked fifth, behind China, the United States, Turkey and Japan. Five years earlier, Paris was overtaken by Beijing within the rating which had dethroned Washington on the identical time, stories Le Figaro. This rating relies on the variety of embassies and consulates of every nation world wide.

In element, France has closed 18 missions since 2016, out of 249 embassies and consulates unfold throughout 5 continents. This drop within the rating doesn’t essentially characterize a decline in French diplomacy, nuance Christian Lequesne, creator ofEthnography of the Quai d'Orsay.

READ ALSO Macron, an amazing European? When the president places France's pursuits above all elseParis has in truth closed a number of consular posts for budgetary points, he explains, and never embassies. “French diplomacy is based on the principle of what we call the universality of the network: we want to maintain a presence everywhere, including through small posts, called PPD (diplomatic presence posts),” he explains to newspaper.

China carefully adopted by the United States

The competitors is hard. Since 2016, Turkey has opened 30 new missions, bringing its complete variety of representations to 252. “This supports their economic dynamics,” notes Christian Lequesne. The chief within the rating, China, has 274 diplomatic representations world wide, carefully adopted by the United States and their 271 representations. Chinese ambassadors have opted for a very aggressive communication technique because the pandemic: “fighting wolf diplomacy”.READ ALSO Morocco's daring diplomacies

This diplomatic community might additionally enable it to realize a strategic goal: isolating Taiwan. Through cooperation agreements and financing, Beijing progressively manages to seduce Taiwan's allies, leaving solely 12 nations allied to Taipei, not afraid of being against China.