Finally, China Congratulates Joe Biden.
China has finally congratulated Joe Biden on his projected win in the US presidential election, breaking a frosty period of silence.
“We respect the choice of the American people.
We extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.
The China-US relationship is crucial to both sides, and the wider world.
Tensions have soared in recent times, over trade, espionage and the pandemic.
Until this point,
‘ the Chinese government had been holding out,
saying only that it had “noticed that Mr Biden had been declared winner”.
After offering the congratulations on Thursday,
foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin added: “We understand the results of the US election will be determined according to US laws and procedures.”
The relationship between China and the US – the world’s two biggest economies – is hugely consequential.
A trade war initiated by President Trump has damaged relations,
as has his insistence on often calling Covid-19, the “Chinese virus” or “kung flu”.
The two countries have also sparred over espionage,
China’s military build-up in the South China Sea, and the mass detention of Muslims in western China.
Mr Biden has taken calls from a string of global leaders in recent days.
Congratulations began to pour in from Saturday,
when US networks projected the result and he declared victory.
President Trump has continued to make unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud without providing clear evidence.
On Thursday, a group of federal and state election officials directly rebutted such claims, saying the vote was “the most secure in American history”.
China congratulates Joe Biden
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