China now has the world's largest diplomatic network. As per the 2019 Lowy Institute Global Diplomacy Index, China overtook the USA with the maximum number of diplomatic missions worldwide. The 2019 edition includes the data for the years 2016, 2017 and 2019.
The index compiles diplomatic networks of 61 G20, OECD, Asian countries and territories. The ranking is based on a country's total number of embassies, consulates, permanent missions and other representations.